HP Introduces a Slate for Businesses

HP’s slate has been a hot topic since it was demoed at CES 2010. I’m happy to announce it as the newest device in our business portfolio. And I’d like to spend a bit of time and text reviewing the winding road leading to today.


The first videos of the slate showed a consumer product with functions like e-reading, video calling and media creation. And we talked about how it fit snuggly into a new category between cell phones and netbooks. We were bullish about the direction we were taking at the time, but an unanticipated development gave us an opportunity to refine our plans.


When HP acquired Palm this year, we saw huge potential in webOS as the foundation for a whole ecosystem of connected consumer devices. We quickly realized that we had to include the slate in that equation. Imagine the slate connecting to the cloud and working in concert across all your devices. We adjusted our approach, shared our new vision and confirmed that a webOS slate will reach the market in 2011.


So we decided to target the business market for the Windows product. And we collaborated with beta customers to better understand their needs. The new HP Slate 500 Tablet PC runs Windows 7 which supports a wide variety of business solutions, from retail point-of-sale to hospitality, banking healthcare or any custom business application.


It features an 8.9-inch diagonal LED screen, weighs 1.5 pounds and accepts both digital pen and finger input. It features multitouch gestures and includes integrated front and rear webcams. It also has USB ports and an SD slot which allows you to quickly upload photos from your camera SD card or show a PowerPoint from a SD/USB stick. Oh, and of course, it supports Adobe Flash and Air. You can probably imagine a thousand applications of the device in business scenarios. Wouldn’t it be great if after a car accident, your insurance agent could take your statement, photograph and video the scene, and send all the information to the claims office on the spot? That’s the direction we’re heading for our business customers. Check out the video below to see it in action. Or peruse pictures of it here.



For more information about the HP Slate 500 Tablet PC read posts on CTOEdge, Engadget, TabletPCReview.com, GottaBeMobile, or Ubergizmo. Or  visit www.hp.com/go/slate/. And stay tuned to The Next Bench and @HP_PC for more news.


The HP Slate 500 Tablet PC is available for purchase starting today at the HP.com SMB Store, HP.com Large Enterprise Store and the HP.com Public Sector Store.

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by Karl
on ‎10-31-2010 10:49 AM
I got an IPad for my birthday it's really nice to have a portable browser/email device but I've been eagerly awaiting a solid windows based tablet. I will likely hold out for the new tablet chip form intel due out next year and the windows version optimized for it. The IPad makes me realize just how much I want to get rid of my laptop but it is a not in any way ideal for business stuff unless you are a gadget sales person. Good job HP. As business user I don't mind spending money for functionality. If I could get a tablet that allows me to run windows for a 1k I'd be happy but it's I'm used to a lot more.
by jkljkl jlkklj
on ‎11-03-2010 06:15 PM

Ipad sucks balls

by JasonJ
on ‎11-04-2010 07:06 PM

I have two HP tablet PCs:  a crappy HP tx1000 which I loved (resistive screen/vista) and an AMAZING HP tablet PC (the Tm2000 multitouch/windows 7) which I love even more.


I hope I can afford this Slate PC.


However, all of the users in the demonstration videos look REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE with the devices.  The music is terrible, it just grinds on until the surprising "stop button" at the end of the video.


Next time use people who are confortable with the technology, and don't look like nervous dorks.

by HP Lover
on ‎11-06-2010 05:57 PM

I would pay $1,000 ~ $1,300 for a SLATE that is oriented towards PHOTOGRAPHY PROFESSIONALS.  HP:  Please research this.  You don't even know how much we spend on lenses ($1,500 per each for a set of 10-20), so this is inline with our current expenses and as a computer.   Key points:


- FAST wireless connection to our cameras (eye-fi or wi-fi)

- Spare battery

- Excellent graphics card (for post-processing/quick display)

- Upgradeable RAM (4~8 gb minimum)

- Display software for showing to clients

- Ability to run "Apps" currently in use by iPAD (which give you control of your camera)

- Allow integration with cameras "Live-view" mode (as an external display)

- Video streaming ability from the camera

- Ability to view transfer RAW files

- USB 3.0 and latest Firewire


Think about it!  Don't miss out on the professional artists market.  This is a WACOM tablet dream machine as well, if you just make a "bigger brother" version of your Slate 500 with beefier graphics and memory.  Please think about it.  We love HP.  We hate the iPad (it sucks for real work, just for stupid bird games) -- and we need you to build this into a REAL option for us!



by dstrauss
on ‎11-09-2010 05:23 AM

Rumors have started that HP may have sold out of its 2010 production run for the Slate 500 - I SURE HOPE SO - it will prove to the market that there is a HUGE pent up desire for a credible Win7 OS slate factor device that can do real productive work as well as the multi-media time wasters. My hope is that by summer 2011, the Slate 500 will be the low end of available slate devices with many new options based upon the Pinetrail processor: more RAM; larger SSD (heaven's sake, I've got a 128gb SSD in my ancient Dell Mini 9 netbook); ultraslim replaceable batteries on the current form factor, and sealed units the size of the iPad stuffed with even more battery, just like Apple did.


I'm afraid that HP may peter out on us because of their huge investment in Palm, but at least the Slate 500 can be the lighthouse for Dell, Fujitsu, Sony, Acer, Toshiba, and others to carpet bomb the market with Win7 slates!

by jgjackson
on ‎11-11-2010 02:17 PM

Actually, the rumor is that the production run is suffering from hangs that require a reboot.  If it was just sold out, then those of us who ordered within minutes of it being available would have ours delayed too.

by JoeAcerbic
on ‎11-16-2010 11:20 PM

Again, the explanations and excuses don't make sense. No matter how badly it was sold out,, somebody somewhere should have received theirs by now but apparently nobody has and HP still doesn't give straight answers to any questions. When will the roller coaster ride end...?

by jgjackson
on ‎12-07-2010 07:09 PM

Still waiting on mine to ship. Ordered on day 1.

by Seth
on ‎12-09-2010 04:16 PM

It seems to me that the ideal use case for this is to draw and paint digitally, not taking notes and pictures and emailing stuff.


I'm not sure why HP and other manufacturers are trying to shoehorn "business" applications into a device like this. Who'd find it more useful -- an insurance agent that already has a camera and computer? Or a digital artist who's currently tied to her desk because no one makes a decent portable drawing tablet?


I like the idea of the Slate. I'm saving up for one. For *drawing* -- in Photoshop with a pressure sensitive stylus.


The only way to compete with iPad is to offer something it doesn't. iPad can do all the things you're showing in your demo. You can't compete with that. But iPad doesn't have a pressure-sensitive stylus. You should be pushing that feature the most.


by Satya
on ‎12-09-2010 06:02 PM

Slate seems to be extremely good piece of hardware it has earned one more fan that is me but I doubt will it succeed on the software front lack of touch windows OS compatible smart application designed for this screen size surely will be rare.

by Caroline Fairfax
on ‎12-19-2010 03:32 AM

The one thing missing is telephone capability.  Hope Dell Looking Glass 7 or Cisco Cius corrects this oversight.

by Buy Acer Tablet
on ‎01-05-2011 10:14 AM

what a great news and amazing videos  a big useless iPod Tocuch, that makes me cry everytime i see how much precious money i've spent with this

by Buy Acer Tablet
on ‎01-05-2011 10:26 AM

I read this blog and has clear one things :

A person who doesn't really have an iPad and trolls web sites to bad mouth what he knows nothing about.




by Buy Acer Tablet
on ‎01-08-2011 01:57 PM

Wonderful post! This is the trend this days. I have not seen like this in the market recently, or maybe because I am not really keen to of going to the malls and computer shops. It is just that when the need arise, I can go there. I wanted to Buy Acer Tablet and be able to use this in my small business.



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