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Hewlett-Packard is ramping up its own tablet PC efforts in the wake of Apple’s iPad launch, releasing a new official blog posting and video that shows an upcoming slate product capable of video conferencing,

“Think about the last time you chatted with friends over Skype on your notebook,” Phil McKinney, vice president and chief technology officer for Hewlett-Packard’s Personal Systems Group, wrote in an April 5 posting on the company’s Voodoo Blog. “Or uploaded a picture from your mobile phone to Facebook or Flickr. How about the last time you viewed images or video from an SD card or a USB device. We know that you expect to be able to capture and share digital content on your mobile devices.”

The Slate, apparently, can deliver all those functions. A 30-second video accompanying the blog post shows a pair of hands activating a Skype app for two-way video conferencing, using one of possibly two built-in camera modules to take an image, browsing through music, plugging in a USB cord, and inserting a 16GB SD memory card into a slot on the side of the device.

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