HP Teaser Shows Off Multi-Touch Slate's Best Attributes
That said, HP is making a case that their Slate could very well be the Apple iPad killer. There are still a lot of unknowns, but the things we do know make it very appealing. HP realizes that the Slate has to be great at helping users consume media, but it also has to be good at much more to steal Apple's thunder, particularly with iPhone OS 4.0 just around the bend. If you assume that Apple will bring multi-tasking to the iPad in the next few months, having that ability on the Slate becomes a lot less important. We sort of think that's why Apple made the OS 4.0 announcement so soon after the iPad's launch; it basically takes the "well, our tablet can multi-task!" play away from everyone else.
HP clearly states in a new promotional post about the Slate that "media consumption is only half of the ideal mobile experience," noting that Skype chatting, photo viewing and the sharing of digital content is equally important. Unfortunately, no price or release date has been set, but we have heard in the past that a Q3 2010 ship date was probable. Have a look at the video below; does it make it harder to hold off an iPad? Does it make you more sure about your decision to wait for HP's alternative?