At this point in the game the HP Slate is sort of old news. And just when we thought the tablet device was dead in the water, HP goes and officially announces the product. We’re not sure on the exact launch date and they won’t tell us when review units will be available, but we do know it will cost $799 and include the following specs:
- 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 64GB of flash storage
- Broadcom’s Crystal HD accelerator
- HDMI output on the included dock
- USB port
- Ctrl+Alt+Delete button (in case the device freezes)
- 8.9-inch 1024×600 touch capacitive display
- 3 megapixel camera (on back)
- VGA camera on front
The tablet device will run a full copy of Windows 7 Home Premium and work with a Wacom stylus for taking notes or performing doodles in paint. The stylus is not included, but word is that it’s worth the extra cash since it makes note taking a less painful experience. The back of the device is finished in rubber, which should definitely give it a more rugged feel. Tipping the scales at 1.5lbs is nothing to sneer at either.
Apparently, HP has flipped targets and is now gearing this towards the biz market, but that won’t stop anyone from purchasing the device.