Analyst Says HP Slate Still Going to be Released

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Last week, an unconfirmed report indicated that HP has dropped plans to offer a tablet computer running Microsoft Windows 7. An industry analyst says that he doesn’t believe this is true.

The report surfaced in the wake of HP’s announcement that it is acquiring smartphone-maker Palm, Inc. and intends to make a tablet based on the Palm webOS. HP has neither confirmed nor denied the report.

Ezra Gottheil from Technology Business Research said he saw no reason for HP’s webOS plans to interfere with its plans for a Windows-based tablet. “I can’t see them killing one just because another is coming up,” he told MercuryNews.com.

HP SlateIn the article, Gottheil did not address the other reasons the unsubstantiated reports say HP canned this project, one of which is that the device allegedly will have poor performance.

A Preliminary Overview of the HP Slate
HP pre-announced its slate tablet, which lacks a name for now, in January and has since been slowly revealing more details. However, a document that leaked from the company early this month revealed most specifications.

Assuming that the computer hasn’t been canceled and is on track to be released around the middle of this year, it will have an 8.9-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1024 x 600.

The model will supposedly run Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, with a touch-optimized user interface created by HP running on top.

The slate tablet is going to be built around a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom (Menlow) processor, and allegedly have 1 GB of RAM (not upgradeable). There are supposedly going to be 32GB and 64GB versions, with an SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader.

It is reportedly going to offer Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth. In addition, there is going to be a version with 3G cellular-wireless connectivity.

The device will have two cameras: a front-facing VGA one and a rear-facing 3 megapixel one, and HP said its computer’s 30 WHr battery will provide more than five hours of use.

Overall, the upcoming model is allegedly going to be 9.2 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches, and weigh 1.5 pounds.

Source: MercuryNews.com

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