HP Slate has been officially released. HP, the multinational information technology giant has entered the slate market predominantly conquered by Apple iPad.
Although many analysts consider both the devices to be unique, HP Slate 500, Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab falls under the category of Slate PCs. So it is right to compare these devices in the same category.
HP Slate in general is the device for future. Most of the people are familiar using Microsoft’s operating system and latest Window7 installed inside the device adds to the momentum.
And the collaboration between Microsoft and HP, two major technology giants has brought forth a Slate PC device which is sure to become a good competitor against other Slate PC devices.
HP Slate 500 has 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor compared to Apple iPad’s Apple A4 processor 1GHz and Samsung Galaxy Tab’s Hummingbird processor 1.2 GHz.
HP Slate has 8.9-inch display whereas Apple iPad has 9.7-inch display and Galaxy Tab comes with 7-inch display.
When it comes to memory, HP Slate 500 has 2GB (DDR2) RAM. Apple iPad on the other hand has suspected 256MB or 512MB RAM and Samsung Galaxy Tab has 512 MB RAM.
The internal storage capacity of HP Slate 500 is 32/64GB flash memory, upgradable via SD card reader, Apple iPad has 16/32/64GB flash non-user upgradable storage and Samsung Galaxy Tab has 16GB/32GB upgradable with microSD.
All the three Slates from Apple, Samsung and HP have integrated 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity.
In terms of battery, Slate 500 has 2-cell (30 WHr) polymer which gives more than 5 hours of backup, where has Apple iPad has 25Whr Li-ion which gives up to 10 hours backup power and Samsung Galaxy possesses 4,000 mAh battery which gives 7 hours movie play.
HP Slate 500 uses Microsoft Windows 7 operating system as against Apple iPad’s iOS and Samsung Galaxy Tab’s has Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS.
The HP Slate 500 is priced at $799 compared to Apple iPad which is priced at $499 (16GB), $599 (32GB) and $699 (64GB) for Wi-Fi versions and $629 (16GB), $729 (32GB) and $829 (64GB) for Wi-Fi+3G versions. And Samsung Galaxy Tab is priced at $600 at Verizon which is available for pre-order now.
|HP Slate 500||Apple iPad||Samsung Galaxy Tab|
|OS||Windows 7||iOS||Android 2.2 (Froyo)|
|Processor||1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor||Apple A4 processor, 1GHz||Humming bird processor 1.2 GHz|
|Display||8.9-inch display||9-inch display||7-inch display|
|Memory||2GB (DDR2) RAM||256MB or 512MB RAM||512 MB RAM|
|Internal Storage||32/64GB flash memory, upgradable via SD card reader||16/32/64GB flash non-user upgradable storage||16GB/32GB|
|Battery||2-cell (30 WHr) polymer||25Whr Li-ion||4,000 mAh battery|
|Price||$799||$499 (16GB), $599 (32GB) and $699 (64GB) for Wi-Fi versions and $629 (16GB), $729 (32GB) and $829 (64GB) for Wi-Fi+3G||$600|