Update: Speaking at the 2010 Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, HP executive VP of the personal systems group division, Todd Bradley, claimed HP is still making a Windows 7 tablet PC, only it’s for the enterprise and HP is targeting a fall release. In addition, the rumored webOS tablet, or PalmPad (still not the official name), will be a consumer device.
“I think you’ll see us with a family of slate products, clearly a Microsoft product in the enterprise and a webOS product broadly-deployed,” he said.
Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein added, when speaking on Palm’s role with the PalmPad, “yes, there will be flash.”
It appears tales of the HP Windows 7 tablet PC’s demise are greatly exaggerated.
A product listed as theHP Slate 500-1002tu PChas appeared tucked away in a corner of HP’s website. From the description on the page, it seems the HP Slate 500 specs aresimilar to those that leaked last April. That includes an 8.9-inch touch display and Windows 7 Premium OS. The summary also makes mention of an on-board still and video camera.
But wait, there’s more. A PDF found on HP.com titled “Energy Star qualified HP computers” dated July 12, 2010, lists the HP Slate 500. A trip over to EnergyStar.gov reveals the same device, revealing it sports a 1.6 MHz processor, the same processor listed in the original spec leak.
While HP has never made public comments confirming that their Windows 7 tablet — the one Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer so proudly brandished at CES– was cancelled, many assumed it had been dropped in favor of a webOS device following the HP purchase of Palm.
Yet Another Twist
It seems each week brings with it another twist in the HP slate story. Just last week, sources inside HP revealed that the company was working on an Android tablet set for Q4 2010 release, but HP either delayed or canceled the tablet all together. Earlier this week, HP filed a trademark for the term “PalmPad,” which led many to speculate was the name of HP’s upcoming webOS tablet, the existence of which, it should be noted, has never been confirmed by HP.