It seems we can’t get away from a certain word that begins with “i” and ends in “d”. That word is “iPad“. But now here’s something else we can finally say again, courtesy of an internal leaked memo from Engadget: HP Slate. While there has been rumors as what is included in the HP Slate besides a tablet-friendly Windows 7 and full Flash support, there hasn’t been much more than this story.
But now that’s changed. Now in the memo there’s a $549 price tag for the base model with 32GB flash memory storage, and a 64GB version for $599. The Slate will sport a 8.9-inch 1024×600 capacitive multitouch display, 1GB RAM, 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor with Intel UMA graphics and 1080p playback, SD card slot, SIM card tray for optional3G, USB 2.0 port, and a front-facing VGA webcam as well as an outward-facing 3MP camera. Double cameras = double blow to the iPad. The only major drawback here would be Windows 7, which wouldn’t work out well on a tablet, but since HP has a trick up its sleeve called Windows 7+ TouchSmart, this could make a Windows 7 tablet a great idea, because there’s a golden rule when it comes to making tablets: never port a desktop OS. It never turns out well. But the HP Slate? This could turn out very well. Don’t dissapoint us, HP.