HP fell flat on its face when it attempted to best the iPad and become “better than number one”. Consumers weren’t complaining, however, when the manufacturer decided to have a fire sale and punt the HP TouchPad for insane cheapness.
The Hewlett Packardians have committed to building Windows 8-based tablets next year, but in the meantime they’re about to release a successor to the Windows 7-rockin’ Slate 500.
The all-new HP Slate 2 doesn’t look a great deal different from the original Slate 500, and it still adopts Windows 7 for OS duties, but there are a few fairly significant changes under the hood.
The HP Slate 2's processor, for example, is of the 1.66GHz Atom Z670 variety, with a promised six hours of battery. Swype also makes an appearance in the typing arena, which will no doubt please users’ digits.
Other HP Slate 2 specs include a 64GB solid state drive, and an 8.9in 1024x600 display (yep, that’s the same as the Slate 500).
Windows 7 ain’t exactly optimised for tablet action, so we can’t see this bad boy making much of an impact. Roll on the Slate 3 with Windows 8.