It’s been a while coming, but following numerous debuts, previews, leaks and rumours this year, HP have finally unveiled the Slate 500, a Windows 7-powered touchscreen tablet.
First seen at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, HP are now targeting the 8.9” (22.6 cm) device at retail, healthcare, insurance, education and hospitality businesses. It ships with a pen for note taking, document creation and other ink applications.
HP have packed a lot of kit into such a small and light chassis, which weighs just 1.5 pounds (0.68 kilos). The Slate 500 is powered by an Intel Atom Z540 running at 1.86GHz and supported by 2GB RAM on board and Intel’s integrated GMA 500 graphics. Broadcom’s Crystal HD video accelerator supports for 1080p video playback. Two cameras are included – a VGA webcam at the front, and the 3MP camera on the rear. You’ll also find a USB port and SD card slot for moving data around, or you can fire it over the air courtesy of the integrated Bluetooth and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.Check out the awesome coverage by the guys at Gotta Be Mobile for full specs, videos and a brief hands-on review.
HP are shipping the $799 Slate 500 in the USA only for now, whilst they evaluate opportunities for other markets. The tablet is back! But did it ever go away?