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HP eStation Zeen: Slate? Android tablet? Or something more?

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Finally! Another excuse to post a new “I thought you were dead” graphic for the HP Slate, now suspected of being a new tablet called the eStation Zeen that’s passed FCC certification. Or is the Zeen really a different Android-based tablet for eReading? Or is it something else, something… greater?

From the movie "Escape from New York"

Okay, it’s probably not something greater. Engadget dug up the goods earlier today from the FCC, though with little more than a name and back panel line drawing. Doesn’t really strike me as being the HP Slate, and further reports support that. Their additional sources claim the Zeen is actually Android-based tablet intended as an eReader that can dock with HP printers as interface units. If true (and the name really lines up with that idea), this would be a big step forward toward improving printer interfaces, which I think are in serious need of a makeover. They also get the impression the device is still pretty rough. Doesn’t sound like we should get too excited over this yet, but we’ll wait and see if and when things start to materialize.

Side note: I’m all out of pop culture “I thought you were dead” quotes, and more likely than not, there will be a few more HP Slate stories between now and release. Any ideas for more quotes will be welcomed.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

6 Comments

  1. dstrauss

    08/05/2010 at 8:44 am

    The movie reference you need is “Big Jake” with John Wayne. In fact, the Snake Pliskin use of the phrase is an homage to the earlier movie where all the bad guys used that phrase:

    Hotel desk clerk: I thought you were dead.
    Jacob ‘Big Jake’ McCandles: Dead? The next person who says that I’m gonna shoot, so help me.

    • Sumocat

      08/06/2010 at 8:03 am

      Had to settle for a fairly generic screenshot but I got one for Big Jake in the queue. Thanks!

      Chris, Gary, still working on finding suitable screenshots for those.

  2. ChrisRS

    08/05/2010 at 9:18 am

    How about “I’ve been dead before.” (Spock, Star Trek VI)

  3. Gary Harrison

    08/05/2010 at 3:01 pm

    Or Babylon 5, where it was said of Capt. Sheridan:

    “We thought you were dead!”

    He replied, “I was…I’m better now.”

  4. Yuri Andropov

    08/05/2010 at 6:34 pm

    There’s this classic from Alien Ressurection:
    Distephano: “I thought you were dead.”
    Ripley: “Yeah, I get that a lot.”

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