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HP Slate 500 gets official; $799

Zach Epstein
October 22nd, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Don’t worry, folks — we’re just as shocked as you are to learn that HP will finally bring its first Windows 7-powered slate to market. Hewlett-Packard is setting its sights squarely on business users with its new HP Slate 500, a $799 tablet PC that sports an 8.9-inch (1024 x 600) capacitive multitouch display and weighs just 1.5 pounds. The Slate 500 also comes with a 1.86GHz Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, a digital stylus (usable thanks to a Wacom active digitizer), a 3-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera for video chat, a battery said to last for about five hours of usage per charge, and the lovely diamond pattern on the back case that we all know and loathe. HP’s new tablet will not support cellular data connectivity — only Wi-Fi. Yes, $800 is a bit steep for Wi-Fi tablet, but less so when you slap an enterprise sticker on it. And yes, we definitely still want one.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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