The HP Slate 500, running Windows 7 Professional (32 bit) has been officially released yesterday.
The HP Slate, priced at $799 in the US, is powered with an Intel® Atom™ Processor Z540 (1.86 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB), 2 GB of RAM (maximum, non upgradeable), a solid state flash module for storage, and an 8.9” wide-angle touch screen. The unit is shipped with a cradle and a carry case included in the box.
An HP Slate digital pen is also included as an additional input device. The HP slate features two cameras, one for video conferencing and the other to be used for still photography at 3MP.
The HP slate’s dimensions are 9.21 x 0.58 x 5.91 in (23.40 x 1.47 x 15.00 cm). Average battery life is 5+ hours.
I saw some really interesting close-up pictures of the product on Engadget this morning.
iPad vs. HP Slate
Unlike the iPad, the HP Slate is primarily targeted at the business user rather than a mere collectible for the consumer.
- Display: The HP Slate features an 8.9” display at 16:9 ratio. The iPad has a 9.7” display with only a 4:3 ratio. Both devices support a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768. The HP Slate supports 1080p video playback, while the iPad can only do 720p.
- Camera: The HP Slate has two, the iPad has none!
- USB port: The HP Slate has one, the iPad has none!
- Processor: iPad has a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor, Slate runs on a 1.86GHz Intel Atom processor.
- Memory: the Slate comes with 2GB of memory, that’s 8 times more memory than the iPad.
- Weight: Despite all the extra features on the HP Slate, both devices weigh the same (1.5 pounds)
- Adobe Flash support: iPad doesn’t support Flash. HP Slate (Windows 7) does. And that makes a big difference.
- OS: The iPad runs Apple’s iPhone OS 3.2 operating system, which was designed for a phone. The HP Slate 500 runs Windows 7, a “serious” operating system that can run Microsoft Office and a hell of a lot of applications. If it runs on Windows 7, it will most likely run on your Slate.
- Storage: iPad comes in “flavours” of 16GB, 32GB and 64 GB. HP Slate comes with a 64GB solid state drive and expandable via SD, SDHC and SDXC.
To be fair to the iPad, the only iPad features that I can think of that the Slate doesn’t have are:
- 3G support
- Apple talks about 10 hours battery life, while HP Slate gives 5+ hours.
Call me biased, but the HP Slate is the clear winner in the modern tablet era, based on the facts above. I just can’t wait to get one for myself!