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HP aims Windows 7-based tablet at IT market

HP methodically launched its $799 Windows 7-based Slate 500 tablet last Friday

By PETER WHITE

Published: 4 November, 2010

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HP methodically launched its $799 Windows 7-based Slate 500 tablet last Friday. But then exciting was never a necessity for selling the corporates, at which the product is aimed. With a seemingly well-honed marketing plan, HP repeatedly made it clear that the Slate 500 is aimed at the half of the tablet market that the corporates represent. It will later on launch a second tablet aimed at consumers that’ll use its Palm WebOS.

HP is turning the Slate 500 over to its army of thousands of sales reps who are experienced at selling to businesses and government agencies and know well the people who run those companies’ IT departments. Windows 7-based tablets are expected to be the toughest competitor to the iPad in the IT market. Apple has countered by partnering with Unisys, which specializes in the same market.

The Slate 500 has an Intel Atom processor, runs existing standard and custom Windows 7 applications (something many corporates insist on), has an 8.9 inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and 5 hours of use between battery charges. It has no 3G, but this indicates it’ll be used at the office or at home, probably not very often when travelling. Apple sells many more WiFi-only iPads than it does those with 3G.

Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer and HP previewed a Windows 7 tablet at CES in January and HP has repeatedly confirmed its intent to launch one.

The 1.5 pound HP Slate 500’s touchscreen has 1024-by-600 resolution.

It has 2GB of DDR2 RAM and a 64GB flash storage module, 1 USB port, a 3 megapixel camera and VGA Webcam and microphone for video phone calls. Front and rear facing cameras allow for video conferencing. It comes with a case and a docking station.

It supports both multi-touch and digital stylus pen input. Battery life, always a problem with existing Atom processors, is about 5 hours, about half that of an iPad.

The iPad has a 9.7-inch screen and no camera. Its prices range from $499 to $829, depending on storage space and type of wireless connectivity. The Wi-Fi-only iPads start at $499 and go up to $699. A 3G iPad starts at $629.

HP said the Slate 500 is meant for "professionals who don’t usually work at a traditional desk, yet need to stay productive in a secure, familiar Windows environment." It’s also intended for companies that have custom applications built for Windows.

Carol Hess-Nickels, director of business notebook marketing at HP, said purchases are expected to be made by retail, healthcare and insurance companies and others who will use existing or new custom applications. "It’s really like a full-function PC: it runs Windows. It will run your office applications. It just so happens to be in a slate form factor," Hess-Nickels said.

The HP Slate’s biggest advantage is that it uses Windows 7, which has thousands of standard and customized applications.

Initial criticism would be that the five-hour battery life is too short; Windows 7 is a desktop OS, not suitable for a touchscreen tablet; Windows 7 apps were not developed for multi-touch.

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