Heard of HP Slate? The new competitor to iPad

Heard of iPad?? If you haven’t, you must probably be an ascetic or a lollipop licking school kid 🙂 Ever since it was unveiled by Apple’s CEO – Steve Jobs, it has generated a lot of curiosity. There is a section of the geeks who consider the iPad as the next generation “laptop killer”. At the same time, you have another section outrightly criticizing it for its lack of many features. Inspite of its mixed reviews, we still find people scrambling to own one.

And Apple’s competitors don’t want to be left far behind in this race. As a first step, we have HP releasing its very own tablet PC termed as “HP Slate”. HP Slate claims to overcome the many shortcomings of the iPad. For instance, the iPad’s wifi is reported to have some issues and this has sent developers at Apple working for a hotfix. The makers of Slate are likely to highlight the deficiencies of the iPad and market their new product.

HP Slate is touted to have an 8.9 inch 1024 X 600 capacitive multitouch display, a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor with UMA graphics and an accelerator for 1080p video playback. It is also supposed to support 32GB of flash storage and 1GB RAM. The base configuration of Slate will cost you $549 and you may have to pay $599 if you want 64GB of storage. A battery backup of 5 hrs is promised for both the editions. Apart from this, a USB port, a SIM card slot for 3G and a SDHC slot is also available in HP Slate.

As of now, the Slate is expected to have a November release. Let’s hope that HP Slate is a worthy competitor to the iPad!