Not too many consumers remember that HP was actually one of the first companies to push out a tablet in the modern-day tablet era. But sure enough, the simply-named HP Slate was there, with Windows 7 onboard. It was geared for enterprise users, and it seems like the follow-up to the Slate will be tailored for businesses as well. Naturally, it will be called the Slate 2, and it was announced today with Windows 7, a 1.5lb. chassis, 8.9" capacitive multi-touch display, support for pen input, a new Swype keyboard and an Atom Z670 processor.
There's also an mSATA drive, a battery good for up to six hours and a TPM Embedded Security Chip. There's also Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth and optional integrated 3G Mobile Broadband. For remote workers, a front-facing VGA webcam enables videoconferencing, and a 3-megapixel camera on the back allows for still image and video capture. SRS Premium Sound provides optimized audio settings for voice and multimedia applications and an SD card slot allows for expanded storage and sharing capabilities. The HP Slate Dock provides device connection via two USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI port.
The optional HP Slate Bluetooth Keyboard and Case accessory is a new sleek, stylish executive-class carrying solution that bundles the HP Slate 2, a rechargeable Bluetooth keyboard, HP Slate Digital Pen, and ID, business, or credit cards inside a single case. It'll ship later this month with a starting price of $699.
In related news, the company is also launching the 3115m notebook, with up to 11.5 hours of battery life, an 11.6" LED-backlit HD display, Beats Audio, an HD webcam and an AMD E-450 dual-core Fusion APU with Radeon HD 6320 graphics. It'll ship in the Americas on Nov. 11th for $429+.
HP Introduces Multitouch Slate Tablet PC for Business
PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 3, 2011 — HP today announced the HP Slate 2 Tablet PC with expanded touch capabilities, enhanced multitasking performance and embedded security, providing added flexibility to mobile business users. The company also announced a new notebook PC targeting business, education and government customers.
The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC provides instant deployment for business and vertical markets such as education, healthcare, government and retail, where jobs frequently take users away from a traditional desk. With a full-featured Microsoft Windows® environment, the 1.5 pound HP Slate 2 Tablet PC provides professionals with the flexibility to create, edit and review content on one highly mobile and lightweight device.
"HP is dedicated to the tablet PC category and continues to listen to customers and improve the product in ways that best address their business needs. The HP Slate includes the right mix of rich features, support for custom-built applications, and the security and connectivity needed for today’s highly mobile and rigorous day-to-day professional environment. "
- Dan Forlenza Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Managed IT Segment Personal Systems Group, HP The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC comes with an Intel® Atom Z670 processor with mSATA SSM technology to deliver faster boot times, improved battery life of up to six hours and increased performance for business customers. It also features an 8.9-inch diagonal capacitive multitouch display for touch and pen input plus includes a new Swype keyboard. The Swype applet enhances the touch experience with comfortable and efficient data entry via one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard.
Additional hardware and software enhancements to the HP Slate 2 Tablet PC's security and experience include a TPM Embedded Security Chip to protect data ranging from email to information on the hard drive. Other security upgrades include Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools, BIOS support for Computrace Pro and HP Connection Manager.
The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC comes with optional additional accessories and business solutions including the HP Retail Mobile Point of Sale (POS) Case, which features an integrated magnetic stripe reader and barcode scanner for retailers. The optional HP Slate Bluetooth® Keyboard and Case accessory is a new sleek, stylish executive-class carrying solution that bundles the HP Slate 2, a rechargeable Bluetooth keyboard, HP Slate Digital Pen, and ID, business, or credit cards inside a single case.
Designed for mobile professionals, the HP 3115m offers up to 11.5 hours of battery life, flexible wireless capabilities, an 11.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD display, Beats Audio™ and a high-definition (HD) webcam for collaboration with peers. The new AMD E450 dual-core Fusion APU with AMD Radeon HD 6320 graphics provides greater performance than a netbook without weighing professionals down.
The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC starts at $699 and is expected to be available worldwide later this month. The HP 3115m starts at $429 and is expected to be available Nov. 11 in the Americas only.