HP announces sale of Slate 500 Tablet now available for $ 799

By on Oct 23, 2010 in Notebook, Technology, United States, World Comments

Hewlett-Packard (HP) finally announces its sale of Slate 500 Tablet, having HP as the latest computer maker to release a touchscreen tablet computer.

HP, as announced on Friday through a press release on their website, revealed its first ever tablet which is now available through HP’s website and their partners across the United States for $ 799.

The new HP Slate 500 Tablet was also reported to be exclusively designed for business, enterprise and vertical customers who are looking for a flexible tablet.

According to their product specifications, Slate 500 Tablet weighs about 1.5 pounds (0.68 kilograms) and will run Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.

It has an 8.9-inch screen, quite smaller than Apple iPad which has a 9.7-inch screen, but features an integrated camera and webcam, which are not available on iPads.

Upon purchasing of Slate 500 Tablet, the HP Slate Digital Pen, HP Slate Dock, and HP Slate Portfolio will also be included, HP said.

In addition, the Slate 500 Tablet has two cameras, a VGA camera in front that can be used for videoconferencing, while a 3-megapixel camera at the back.

It is provided with an Intel Atom Z540 processor, which runs at a clock speed of 1.68GHz, and comes with a 64GB solid-state drive and 2GB of RAM.

Through Wi-Fi CERTIFIEDTM WLAN, Slate 500 Tablet users can send and receive e-mails or have an Internet access at work, at home, and any other favorite hotspots.

While this first tablet from HP is now available only in the US and shipping may start in the middle of November, shipment for other countries was not announced but will be evaluated further.

Meanwhile, Slate 500 Tablet will join the club where RIM’s BlackBerry and Samsung Galaxy Tab as the rivals of Apple iPad, which started selling on April.

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