Although Steve Ballmer pre-announced it at CES in January, HP has been slow about revealing details on its upcoming tablet computer. But there’s good news for people who are impatient to know more: a full set of specifications for the mobile computer has leaked from HP.
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 going to be 32 GB and 64 GB versions, with an SD card reader providing additional storage, and supporting SDHC and SDXC, potentially adding 128 GB of capacity.
It will have two cameras: a front-facing VGA one for video-conferencing, and a rear-facing 3 megapixel one for other pictures and video.
HP’s slate tablet 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 and a SIM slot.
It’s going to include a single USB 2.0 port and a connector for its dock. The device won’t have an HDMI port, but there is going to be one on the dock, and a 3.5 mm headset jack is also going to be included.
Overall, the upcoming model is allegedly going to be 9.2 inches by 5.7 inches by 0.6 inches, and weigh 1.5 pounds.
HP says its slate tablet’s 30 WHr battery will provide more than 5 hours of use.
Pricing and Availability
According to information leaking from HP, the cost is going to range from $550 to $600, depending on configuration.
There still is no word on a release date, other than HP’s promise that it’s going to hit the market later this year.