Slate 8: HP’s debut Windows 8 tablet?

Slate 8: HP’s debut Windows 8 tablet?It’s amazing to think that there was a time when Hewlett Packard genuinely believed it could give the iPad a run for its money with the TouchPad. Remember “number one plus”? Oh dear.

Well, HP is hoping you’ll forget all about the TouchPad debacle and check out its Windows 8-based tablets, and we're hearing the first of which might very well be this bad boy: the HP Slate 8.

The info comes via an unidentified source of Neowin, complete with a picture and specs and that.

We’re told the HP Slate 8 will drop with a 10.1in display offering an “outdoor viewing option”. With a thickness of 9.2mm and weight of 680g, the HP Slate 8 will be thinner than the new iPad, but a tad heavier.

Interestingly, the HP Slate 8 is tipped to rock an Intel processor, with the full version of Windows 8 Professional. We recently heard that ARM-based Windows 8 tablets would run their own specially tailored version of Windows 8 called RT or 'Runtime'.

There’s no word on price or release date at this early stage, but the HP Slate 8 is expected to land around the same time as – if not alongside – Windows 8. Enterprise chaps will likely be the focus.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 1, 2012 at 15:40

The "outdoor viewing option" sounds like maybe aa free umbrella comes with the first 1000 units?
Looks like a well-made device.

barrybarryk  May. 1, 2012 at 20:33

My guess is it'll cost silly money, probably the guts of a grand at least. Like the Samsung series 7 slate that's aimed at the same market.

JanSt / MOD  May. 1, 2012 at 21:28

yeah, HP's slates have been seriously overpriced thus far.


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