HP Slate 500 – Packs a Business Suit and Fun Spec

There’s been whispers for a while and the planning behind the scenes has finally come to officialdom!

The HP Slate 500 is finally here!

Instead of aiming  at the iPad market those folk from Palo Alto are marketing the Windows 7 tablet towards professionals – so taking on the PlayBook then?

Just have a read of the press bumph:

“The new HP Slate 500 Tablet PC is designed specifically for business, enterprise and vertical customers looking for the mobility of a tablet, the familiarity of Microsoft Windows 7 and the ability to run custom or corporate applications”, it reads.

“The ability to easily incorporate custom business applications differentiates this product and ultimately enhances the user experience and saves time for HP’s business and enterprise customers”.

Ok – so you wont get laughed at if you go to buy one and don’t look like you’ve just ram-raided TM Lewin but the statements do place HP’s plans squarely in a defined marketplace don’t they?

Personally I like the press shots of the machine, it looks quality and even if it is supposed to be a business machine I’ll still be able to get onto Facebook, play iTunes and Spotify and other fun stuff.

The HP Slate 500 has an 8.9-inch, 1024 x 600, capacitive touchscreen, and comes bundled with a digital pen (although your finger will work) a case and a HDMI port equipped dock.

Under the hood there’s an Intel Atom Z540 processor, packs 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, as well as Broadcom’s Crystal HD accelerator to help with 1080p video playback.

On the front is a VGA camera sill handle Skype, and on the back is a 3-megapixel camera as well.

There’s no release dates yet but word is that it’ll hit the US first, priced at $799.

I’m liking it so far – I wonder if I can get a <hint>test run</hint>?

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