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Thursday, 03 November 2011 12:04

HP will release a Slate 2

Written by Nick Farell

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Will run Windows 7

Maker of expensive printer ink HP has announced the new Slate 2 tablet with the Windows 7 OS. The Slate 2 tablet will have a 8.9-inch capacitive touch display and will be targeted at businesses.

It will be based around Intel's Atom Z670 processor and have a starting price of $699. It will have just 32GB storage but have Wi-Fi and Windows 7 Home Premium.

The Slate 2 will become available worldwide later this month. The tablet is a revamp of the Slate 500 tablet and there is no mention of the TouchPad and Palm smartphones with WebOS.

It is a stop gap bit of hardware. Most of HP's plans revolve around Windows 8, and the company will release a Windows 8 tablet in the future. It does not look as if the Slate 2 will be upgradable to Windows 8.

The Slate 2 can be used to access corporate documents or take notes through stylus input there is an optional external keyboard which means that the device can double up as a very very slow PC. The single-core Atom Z670, which runs at a clock speed of 1.5GHz and it will have accelerators to decode 1080p video.


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+1 #1 Chevron 2011-11-03 12:54
Why no dual core Zacate HP? Fusion is the way forward for tablets.
 
 
0 #2 Kryojenix 2011-11-03 13:31
Is this an HP TM2 successor, HP?! IS IT?!?! :cry:
 
 
0 #3 GibsonsCart 2011-11-03 15:46
ha, I knew they were killing off webos in preperation of win8 being multi-platform. There was a really loud apple fanboy saying how Apple single handedly took down HP with their computers, iphones, and ipads. I think it was more likely that HP got one of the product samples of Win8 and said decided they shouldnt compete/ reinvent the wheel when they can have a windows based device that can use a wealth of pre-exisiting applications. PS- I have no problems with all fanboys.. just the ones that are over the top and not very logical
 
 
+1 #4 wewter 2011-11-03 16:59
"It does not look as if the Slate 2 will be upgradable to Windows 8."

How about pop in a usb stick with win8 on it... think of that?

Must be so easy to run a tech-news site your dog can do it!
 
 
+1 #5 nc_mike 2011-11-03 17:11
Sounds kinda odd not being able to upgrade to Win 8 - I upgraded my Asus EP-121 to Win 8 developers preview easily simply by attaching a USB CD-ROM drive and running the install. It worked OK given its stage of development with much yet to be completed, but that statement baffles me unless there is no USB port or they hardwired something to Win 7.
 
 
0 #6 holyprof 2011-11-03 19:37
Quoting wewter:
"It does not look as if the Slate 2 will be upgradable to Windows 8."

How about pop in a usb stick with win8 on it... think of that?

Must be so easy to run a tech-news site your dog can do it!


Microsoft will impose hardware specs for Win8 tablets (both minimum AND maximum). Even if you use USB DVD drive or USB stick, the setup will simply refuse to run. I believe that later you can download hacked version that will install on any compatible tablet / PC.
 

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