HP's New Tablet, Slate 2, Runs Windows 7
Just over two months after abandoning its WebOS tablet and smartphone strategy, HP has announced the HP Slate 2 Tablet PC, based on Windows 7, with expanded touch capabilities and embedded security.
HP’s Slate 2 Tablet PC is aimed at business users and vertical markets such as education, healthcare, government and retail, according to HP.
At 1.5 pounds, the Slate 2 is slightly heavier than the 1.33 pound iPad 2 and slightly lighter than HP’s 1.6 pound TouchPad tablet. It offers an 8.9-inch diagonal capacitive multitouch screen for touch and pen input and includes a new Swype keyboard. It comes with an Intel Atom Z670 processor with mSATA solid state memory to deliver faster boot times. It has an improved battery life of up to six hours, HP said.
"HP is dedicated to the tablet PC category and continues to listen to customers and improve the product in ways that best address their business needs," said Dan Forlenza, vice president and general manager, Commercial Managed IT Segment, in a prepared statement. "The HP Slate includes the right mix of rich features, support for custom-built applications, and the security and connectivity needed for today’s highly mobile and rigorous day-to-day professional
According to HP, additional hardware and software enhancements include:
A TPM Embedded Security Chip that protects data – from email to information on the hard drive.
Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools provides user control and management of the TPM chip to increase secure user authentication, improved personal secure drive integrity, secure email and support protected digital certificate applications.
BIOS support for Computrace Pro helps protect against data theft by allowing customers to remotely delete data at the file, directory or operating system level and keep confidential information more secure.
Through a single user interface, HP Connection Manager offers easy control over wireless connections, including Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth and optional integrated 3G Mobile Broadband(6)for convenient internet and intranet access from more places around the world.
The device also offers a front-facing VGA webcam, and a 3-megapixel camera on the back for still image and video capture. It also includes an SD card slot. An HP Slate Dock provides device connection via two USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI port.
Optional accessories and business solutions include the HP Retail Mobile Point of Sale (POS) Case with an integrated magnetic stripe reader and barcode scanner for retailers. The case attaches to the HP Slate 2 and creates a secure portable POS solution.
The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC starts at $699 and is expected to be available worldwide later this month.