HP Slate Might Be Canceled

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An unconfirmed report indicates that HP has dropped plans to offer a tablet computer running Microsoft Windows 7.

The highly anticipated and well-advertised device was supposedly canceled because HP decided it wouldn’t offer acceptable performance running the full version of Windows.

HP SlateIf the report is true, it will be something of a black eye for HP, as well as a disappointment for many who considered HP’s slate to be the best potential competitor for the Apple iPad.

There has not yet been an official confirmation from HP one way or the other, and the page devoted to this device is still on HP’s website.

Editor’s Note: The TabletPCReview staff contacted HP to get confirmation or denial on this report, but the official response from the company’s press relations staff was “no comment.”

HP Continues Eying Tablets
The source for unconfirmed story of the end of HP’s first Windows-based tablet also indicated that this company may have decided to not use Intel processors in any future devices that have this form factor because they require too much power. This would mean no Windows-based models will be made.

Still, this leaves HP with several options. The company is going to buy Palm, and HP’s Todd Bradley brought up the possibility of using the webOS, Palm’s smartphone operating system, to make tablets.

In addition, HP is already experimenting with making smartbooks running Google’s Android OS, so a tablet running this same operating system could be in the offing.

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 nearly all the specifications.

Assuming that this 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.

There are supposedly going to be 32GB and 64GB versions, with an SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader.

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.

It 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: TechCrunch

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