HP threw its hat into the computer table ring this week with the introduction of the HP Slate 500. The 9-inch tablet will compete with the iPad and other devices already available -- except the Slate 500 will be marketed primarily to the business market.
At $799, the HP Slate 500 will cost nearly double the price of an Apple iPad. The tablet will run the Windows 7 operating system and include an Intel atom processor, 64 GB of storage, a front and rear camera and a digital stylus. It will connect to WiFi, but will not offer a wireless option.
The Slate 500 was first introduced earlier this year as a consumer device -- but now, HP marketing materials show the Slate 500 used in a strictly professional format. In one video, a doctor updates patient records using the digital stylus, an insurance adjuster takes photos of a damaged vehicle using the built-in camera and a business man using the tablet's speed to conduct a business meeting.
HP said they'll planning to introduce a consumer version of the Slate 500 at some point in 2011. The company said it wants to wait until their $1.3 billion dollar takeover of Palm is complete before offering the consumer version.
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