EXOPC Slate Windows 7 tablet now $400 from Microsoft


Still can’t live without a desktop OS on your tablet?  Here’s a great deal from the Microsoft Store for you.  You can now get the EXOPC Slate Windows 7 tablet for $400, with free shipping.  The device features an 11.6-inch display, Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD.  The EXOPC also runs the EXO UI on top of Windows 7, which provides users with a touch-centric interface.

Source:  Tech Bargains

Lenovo’s Skylight Slate tablet hits the FCC with 10.1” 1280 x 800 screen, 1GHz processor, Android 2.2


Lenovo unveiled its LePad tablet at CES in January 2010, and today the device finally made its way through the FCC.  Thankfully, Lenovo renamed the LePad – the device is now known as the Skylight Slate.

The Skylight is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm SnapDragon processor and 1GB of RAM.  The device features a 10.1” HD LED screen with an impressive 1280 x 800 resolution, 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, WiFi and optional 3G.  The Skylight runs on what Lenovo calls the “Lenovo OS,” which is really just a customized version of Android 2.2.

Unfortunately, the Skylight already seems somewhat obsolete.  The device lacks a dual-core processor, and its reliance on Android 2.2 is disappointing.  Hopefully, Lenovo will be able to update the Skylight to Android 3.0 before it’s released.

We still don’t have any word on a release date or pricing, but today’s FCC filing is a good indication that we’ll see the Skylight soon.

HP brining the Slate to enterprises this Fall, webOS slates and netbooks targeted for consumers


The HP Slate isn’t dead…it’s just getting a bit more professional.  According to Todd Bradley, VP of HP’s Personal Systems Group, the HP Slate will be “more customer-specific than broadly deployed,” and the device will be released “for the enterprise” in the fall.

While this isn’t entirely surprising – so far Microsoft Windows tablets have mostly found success in niche enterprise markets – we are a bit disappointed to hear that the Slate and iPad won’t be competing head to head.

HP isn’t planning to give up the tablet market, however.  Former Palm CEO Jon Rubenstein in a separate interview confirmed that HP plans on bringing a wide variety of webOS devices to the market, including smartphones, slates and netbooks.

All things considered, this strategy makes a lot of sense.  A Windows 7 tablet is likely to be too complex, power hungry, and robust for casual users.  webOS devices are much more accessible to the consumer, and HP’s decision to focus webOS on this market will likely be much more successful than forcing a Windows 7 tablet into consumer channels.

HP hasn’t made anything official yet, however, although with Fall quickly approaching we wouldn’t be surprised if HP released information about the HP Slate soon.

Sources:  Engadget  Afterdawn

HP Slate specs released – 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z530, 1080p graphics, prices starting at $549

Not one of the 300,000 plus who already got their hands on an iPad?  Then maybe the graphic above will interest you.  Engadget just posted this internal HP document that compares the upcoming HP Slate tablet to the iPad, and in the process discloses a bunch of juicy Slate specs.

According to the document, the Slate will rock a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 32 to 64 GB of flash storage, 1 GB of RAM, Intel GMA graphics capable of 1080p playback, front and rear facing cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, optional 3G, SD card reader, USB port and dock connector that provides HDMI out.  The device’s WSVGA capacitive touch screen will measure 8.9” with a 1024 x 600 resolution, and feature pen/digitizer support.  And as expected the Slate will run Windows 7, with what HP calls a touch-optimized UI.

The Slate will measure 9.21” x 5.7” x 0.57” and weigh 1.49 pounds.  The device will run for up to 5 hours with its non-replaceable 2 cell battery.

Pricing for the Slate will range from $549 to $599.  According to Engadget the 32 GB Slate will cost $549, while the 64 GB version will cost $599.  No word on how much 3G will cost, however.

So, how do the two devices stack up?  HP conveniently marks the advantages of the Slate in green, while the advantages of the iPad are in red.  Here are our thoughts:

HP Slate Wins:

  • 1080p playback – the iPad maxes out at 720p
  • Front and rear facing cameras – the iPad has none
  • SD card reader with support for up to 128 GB cards – the iPad has none
  • USB port – the iPad has none
  • HDMI out (requires a dock) – So far only a VGA connector is available for the iPad

Apple iPad Wins:

  • Battery life – the iPad offers up to 10 hours of battery life compared to 5 hours for the Slate
  • 9.7” screen with 1024 x 768 resolution is larger, and higher res than the Slate
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi – the Slate only offers b/g
  • Pricing – the 16 GB iPad is $499, while the cheapest Slate will run you $549

Question marks:

  • Processor:  The HP Slate uses an 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z530, compared to the iPad’s 1 GHz Apple A4 processor.  However, a faster processor on the Slate doesn’t necessarily mean a faster device, especially since the Slate runs Windows 7.  Additionally, Apple has worked to optimize the A4 for the iPad, so we’ll need a side-by-side comparison to declare a winner here.
  • Software:  Windows 7 and the iPhone OS are both great operating systems, albeit for different usage scenarios.  The iPhone OS seems a bit limited on the iPad, while Windows 7 is a lot of OS for the Slate.  Plus, we have no idea how well HP’s touch-optimized UI will work.  The iPhone OS opens the door to a few hundred thousand apps, but there are millions of apps for Windows.  The winner here will probably vary depending on how you use the devices.

So what device comes out on top?  It’s impossible to tell at this point, of course.  However, the iPad’s 10+ hour battery life is a huge differentiator for the device and we love the iPad’s 9.7” screen.

But, the versatility of Windows 7 is intriguing on the Slate – we like the idea of having Microsoft Office and Flash available.  Still, the iPhone OS is always on, or at least boots up quickly – a key advantage over Windows.  And we do love our iPhone apps.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more, but if this graphic is any indication HP certainly has a compelling device on their hands.  And, the recent surge in marketing materials for the Slate suggests the device is nearing its launch date.

HP Slate coming in June for $546

The HP Slate made its first appearance at CES this year, and it looks like today we finally have a release timeframe and price for the device.  According to Clipset, a Spanish blog that appears to have access to HP and the Slate, the device will be released in June of this year for €400, or about $546.  Clipset also reports that HP has confirmed that the Slate will rock an Intel Atom and feature Windows 7, a webcam, Adobe Flash support and a memory card reader.

It’s peculiar that HP would decide to release this information through a relatively unknown Spanish blog.  However, Clipset does appear to have the best access to the Slate that we’ve seen so far.

The Slate’s release will take place shortly after the release of Apple’s iPad.  Anyone cancelling their pre-orders?

Hopefully HP will release a bit more information on the Slate at the launch date for the device nears.  The fingerprint-smudged pictures from Clipset don’t do the device justice.

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