The HP Slate 500 Windows 7 based tablet has only been out a few months, but no matter, the HP Slate 2 successor is here to replace it and offers a few improvements and a better price by the tune of $100, it’s not often the latest technology comes out and costs you less. The HP Slate 2 uses the same 8.9” screen form factor as the original HP Slate 500 but has updated the processor to the Intel Atom Z670 and also added a new Swype keyboard for more efficient text entry.
Here are the full specs on the HP Slate 2:
- Screen: 8.9″ diagonal WSVGA wide-viewing angle touchscreen (1024 x 600 or 1024 x 768 for some applications)
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 32-bit or FreeDOS
- Processor: Intel Atom Z670(1.50GHz)
- Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Dimensions: 9.21” x 0.58” x 5.91” (23.40 x 1.47 x 15.00 cm)
- Memory: 2GB
- Security: TPM circuitry and Computrace Pro
- Storage: 32GB SSD or 64GB SSD
- Web Cam: Front facing, 3MP
- Wireless: Integrated 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 3.0 + HS combo
- Input: HP Slate digital pen
- Ports: SD card slot, 1 USB 2.0, 1 combo stereo headphone/mic jack, 1 integrated microphone, 1 power connector/HP Slate Cradle connector
- Battery Life: 6 hours
HP is claiming faster boot times on the Slate 2 via the mSATA SSM technology that comes with the Atom Z670 processor. Since the boot time and lag inherent with the Slate 500 Atom Z540 processor were major complaints this should be a nice upgrade.
The HP Slate 2 is being touted as an enterprise business targeted device, and as such HP is promoting the security features that are built in. Obviously since most of corporate America is on a Windows computing platform this will appeal more to IT departments that need to buy tablets for their field workers. Custom Windows applications that run on company laptops and desktop PCs will work on the tablet. Many companies have been testing out Apple iPads for use by their sales force or health care workers who have to walk around a lot and do input or presentations, so it makes sense that HP is aggressively trying to become the company that offers a solid Windows based solution to compete. With an update coming only months after the initial release of the Slate 500 it appears engineers have been hard at work responding to customer feedback and improving the design.
The HP Slate 2 should be available before the end of the year, and for those of you interested in purchasing it not for work but for play (or who like work and consider it to be play), it should be available in time for Christmas as well! Just keep your eyes on the HP Slate 2 product page at HP.com for availability to order.