Hewlett-Packard (HP) is out of the consumer tablet market for the time being, but the company has unveiled a new business-minded Windows 7 tablet PC that they will launch later this month. The new 8.9-inch HP Slate 2 tablet PC is a follow-up to the 8.9-inch HP Slate 500 that was released in 2010. The new HP Slate 2 offers a new and more powerful single-core Intel Atom processor and a lightly altered design over the HP Slate 500.
In their announcement HP describes their new 1.5lb. HP Slate 2 tablet PC as the ideal solution for professionals. HP presents their new Slate 2 as the idea solution for pro’s looking for ”flexibility to create, edit and review content on one highly mobile and lightweight device”.
Other features for the HP Slate 2 will include a 8.9-inch capacitive multi-touch LCD with touch and pen input support through an N-Trig digitizer, a Swype keyboard (pre-installed applet), a mSATA SSD for storage (faster boot-ups with lower power consumption versus a HDD), one USB 2.0 port, an SD card slot, SRS Premium sound, a microphone for voice/video chatting, a VGA webcam, a 3MP rear camera, and up to six hours of battery life.
Like the original HP Slate 500 tablet PC the new HP Slate 2 will have an optional dock available. The HP Slate 2 dock will provide at least two UBS 2.0 ports and one HDMI output port and the dock connects to the Slate 2 through a proprietary dock connector on the tablet itself.
As for business and enterprise security the HP Slate 2 is said to feature the following by HP:
- A TPM Embedded Security Chip 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 for convenient internet and intranet access from more places around the world.
How much is the HP Slate 2? According to Hewlett-Packard the new business slate will be available with a $699 price tag. The new HP Slate 2 is going to be cheaper than the current HP Slate 500 by $100 (using the $799.00 price that HP quotes on their Small & Medium Business website).
Before I let you go you should know the new HP Slate 2 has a different back-plate design than the original HP Slate 500. The new back-plate is just smooth Black, where as the HP Slate 500 had a diamond pattern rear design.