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HP Slate 500: Windows 7 Powered Tablet PC Priced at $799 Now Available

HP has launched the “Slate 500,” tablet device that will compete with the Apple iPad, Cisco Cius, Samsung Galaxy Tab and RIM Playbook as it looks to win hearts in the increasingly crowded enterprise segment. HP says that the tablet is designed specifically for users looking for “the familiarity of Microsoft Windows 7 and the ability to run custom or corporate applications”.

The specification of the Slate 500 includes: Intel Atom Z540 clocked at 1.86GHz, 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD plus Broadcom HD chip onboard to offload CPU from the task of decoding 1080p video.

The 8.9-inch capacitive screen can handle 1024×600 pixels, much like Galaxy Tab, and HP has judiciously thrown in a VGA webcam, a 3-megapixel camera and ability to use an active stylus from Wacom, turning the Slate 500 into a digitising tablet.

It’ll be available on HP’s site for $799 to anyone who wishes to purchase one.


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