HP making tablets again, sporting Windows 7, a stylus and Swype

We all thought HP might have been done with the tablet PC market after the TouchPad was abandoned a few months back, but the company isn't going to let one sour taste put them off. Today, HP announced a brand new "Slate 2" Tablet PC, according to The Verge.

The device is a refresh of it's Windows 7 based "Slate 500" and sports an Atom Oak Trail Z670 (1.5Ghz), 64GB mSata drive, 8.9" N-Trig display at 1024x600 and a shiny new Swype keyboard. For those into BitLocker, they'll be pleased to learn it's got a TPM chip onboard too. Additionally, the device comes with a new Bluetooth keyboard dock, black cover and a battery that claims 6 hours of battery life. It's also got a nice front-facing camera for video conferencing, and a 3MP camera on the back for taking photos of whatever else you like. Not too bad, for the low price of $699 USD.

According to the press release, the device also supports multitouch, so you get the added benefit of being able to write on the device, as well as resorting to the Swype keyboard if writing lets you down.

It's a minor refresh from the previous device, and Verge points out that HP says they're focusing on performance for their enterprise customers. HP obviously didn't state if the device will work with Windows 8 yet, and it's not clear why the company didn't opt for something a bit more powerful for the processor either.

HP CEO Meg Whitman also hinted that there will be "plenty" of HP tablets when Windows 8 is ready. 

The Slate 2 will be available sometime during November for the price of $699, for those that just ‚Äčlove a good stylus.

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MASTER260 said,
no stylus!

BLASPHEMY!!!!!

The stylus is wonderful. not all of us want to tap type or swype. Some of us prefer the look of the written word on digital!!!!

DON"T EVER lose the stylus!!!!

looks like they didn't leaner from the touchpad debacle and how no one bought it until the price went from $500 to $99...no one will buy this for $699, lousy battery life and wimpy cpu too ugh

I'd take the touchpad over this

alexalex said,
No one cared for the Slate 500 and no one will care for this refresh version.

Incorrect.
If the battery life lives up to it, it will be the perfect replacement for my wife's TouchSmart-TM2. She complains the TM2 is too heavy. I have it currently running windows 8, so she's getting anxious to get a true tablet instead of a convertible, and this is in the right space size and weight wise.

WOW what a rip off from HP. $700 for a starting price. You can buy a Sansung Galaxt Tab for $500, a iPad for $500 or other Windows based tablets for $500? I would love to buy it if the price was $500 for 16GB storage. I love 8.9" screens, not too big and not to small. Just right.

Chica Ami said,
WOW what a rip off from HP. $700 for a starting price. You can buy a Sansung Galaxt Tab for $500, a iPad for $500 or other Windows based tablets for $500? I would love to buy it if the price was $500 for 16GB storage. I love 8.9" screens, not too big and not to small. Just right.

What other Windows tablets? Those Android tablets can't do half of the things this can.

Owen W said,

What other Windows tablets? Those Android tablets can't do half of the things this can.

Like what?

This is just a refresh of the already existing slate that originally went for $799 and never went down. The slate lauched way before the HP Touchpad debacle and was never targeted for consumers. It was a business geared product. The main problem with the Slate was that it shipped with a relatively pokey Atom processor and while the built in hard drive was of the flash variety it was not very fast in comparison to other SSD drives available.

macrosslover said,
my spidey senses are tingling. I sense an incoming lawsuit against HP.

the hp slate 1 has been out for like a year

macrosslover said,
my spidey senses are tingling. I sense an incoming lawsuit against HP.

Tablet PCs date back to 2001, and even if it's about design, one must be really dumb to not notice the big fat HP logo on the device and package as well as the thickness being closer to a laptop than a Galaxy Tab/iPad/Xoom.

Let me see if I got this right.... HP couldnt sell a $499 tablet and sh*t canned it after 6 weeks. So they launch another tablet (slate) for $699. ?
Genius!

699 is actually not that bad considering its the same price as a 64 gb ipad2.. it will not make it such an easy choice to go with an ipad if you are thinking about going for the 64gb version for a business.. also this one comes with a stylus and a dock which the ipad does not so its actually cheaper..

would of rathered the AMD z-03 but what ev i guess. Also

steelcurtain said,
Its not worth $699 which is the price of a laptop! This thing doesn't have an optical drive!

It's for enterprise.

steelcurtain said,
Its not worth $699 which is the price of a laptop! This thing doesn't have an optical drive!

Get use to it, the OEM's are all going this way, and to top it off, this is classified as a tablet, which right now mainstream tablets do not have optical drives. I rather have windows 7 then some stripped down OS any day of the week. Only thing is going to suck is battery life.

its funny now days to read "you'll be please it has a TPM chip" back when intel announced the whole TPM thing everyone cringed and screamed privacy violation! DRM! NO! hehe

neufuse said,
its funny now days to read "you'll be please it has a TPM chip" back when intel announced the whole TPM thing everyone cringed and screamed privacy violation! DRM! NO! hehe

When Vista was released, people were saying the new sockets stack would cause the internet to crash. They said that the Protected Media Path would restrict people from playing non-DRM media (including media that they created using home still and video cameras). Now with previews of Win8, some are complaining that secure boot will cause alternate OSes to no longer work.

For all the complaints of MS spreading FUD, the OSS crowd can spread it just as well.