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HP Slate: New Promo Video Shows Dual Cameras, Content Creation & Sharing



HP CTO Phil McKinney blogged today about the HP Slate device and shared a promo video of the PC company’s upcoming slate device. Just as I’m getting settled in with my iPad, I find myself lusting after the HP device. The HP Slate has dual cameras, which means you can video chat via Skype or shoot photos and videos of what’s in front of you.

McKinney pointed out that consuming content is only part of the mobile story. I agree. While I’ve found it fun to use my iPad over the past couple of days, I keep on running into ‘gotchas.’ Since the iPad isn’t a full-fledged computer, I can’t use my web browser of choice, grab pictures and video off of my camera or multi-task.

The HP Slate will run Windows 7 and run any application you choose.  In the video, it’s clear that iTunes can be installed on the HP Slate and that you’ll be able to sync your iPod, iPhone or (gasp…) iPad with it. Firefox is also installed on the device, which means you can personalize your web browser experience to your liking. Got an app that you like on your Tablet PC, netbook or notebook? It’ll work on the HP Slate.

It’ll be easier to get photos and video onto the HP Slate since it has an SD card slot. You’ll also be able to use external displays, such as your HDTV.

The HP Slate has a lot of advantages over the iPad, but it obviously lacks all those iPad apps and all the hype that only Apple seems able to create.



  1. Amitai Rosenberg

    04/05/2010 at 12:51 pm

    Any ideas when it’ll be out?

  2. BurningOrange

    04/05/2010 at 12:59 pm

    the ‘net says launch in june 2010 (

    i’m probably going to buy one, although i wish it also sported an active digitizer for inking in addition to the multitouch…

    • Tuur

      04/05/2010 at 2:20 pm

      don’t understand why none of those slate tablets have inking possibilities…?!

      • TateJ

        04/05/2010 at 3:04 pm

        I really don’t think enough computer users want inking. I really wish the HP slate had a active digitizer. It would be a done deal for me.

        Please HP please!!!

  3. jonathan

    04/05/2010 at 3:27 pm

    i just hope HP makes a dual digitalizer version as well. I’ll pay priemium to ink…

  4. The pen is your friend!

    04/05/2010 at 6:40 pm

    Xavier, don’t forget that you get 14 days to bring that iPad back to the Apple Store and get your HP Slate allowance back (30 days if you’re willing to swallow a restocking fee).

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