HP has made no secret that it’s going to introduce a tablet computer, but so far, it has kept virtually silent about the details. Now, however, it has given the world some additional information on its future model.
A month ago, HP released the first video on this device, which HP and Microsoft call a “Slate” rather than a tablet. This emphasized that it’s going to offer a full browsing experience with Adobe Flash, unsurprising for a computer that will run Microsoft Windows 7.
The new follow-up video highlights some features of the tablet that had not been announced before, such as its front-facing one for video conferencing, and a rear-facing one, too. It also shows off the SD memory card slot, and a USB port for connecting peripherals.
An HP blog post that accompanied the video said, in part:
Think about the last time you chatted with friends over Skype on your notebook. Or uploaded a picture from your mobile phone to Facebook or Flickr. How about the last time you viewed images or video from an SD card or a USB device. We know that you expect to be able to capture and share digital content on your mobile devices. And the HP Slate device excels there.
HP’s Slate vs. Apple’s iPad
It is no coincidence that many of the features HP has chosen to reveal about its upcoming tablet PC are missing from the Apple iPad, a rival that debuted over the weekend.
Unlike HP’s offering, Apple’s new device lacks support for Flash, doesn’t include a camera or an expandable memory through a card slot, and has very limited support for accessories.
Still, the videos show off many other features. For example, they make it clear that it’s going to sport a capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch support.
In addition, one video also shows HP’s slate being plugged into a dock with video-out, as the image on the computer then appears on a large TV.
However, processor speed, amount of RAM and internal storage, wireless capabilities, and most other details remain a mystery.
HP has said that its Slate tablet is going to be available “later this year.”
There is no word yet on pricing.