HP releases new video of the Windows 7 Slate PC

HP has released a teaser video of the new Windows 7 slate PC, first demonstrated during the Microsoft CES 2010 keynote.

The video, spotted by Gear Diary, is an interview between Greta Schlender, a HP Spokesperson, and Phil McKinney, CTO of HP’s Personal Systems Group. McKinney explains the development and excitement around the Slate PC ahead of Apple's rumoured iPad device. McKinney claims 2010 is the year of the Slate form factor due to "convergence of low cost, low powered processors" and Windows 7 which is a touch aware operating system allowing for third party applications to thrive.

Neowin got a hands on with the Pegatron Slate PC at CES earlier this month. Although the Slate devices are an exciting and new form factor we firmly believe that Windows itself has a long way to go until it can be used as touch only. HP and other device manufacturers will likely build touch interfaces on top of Windows 7 to provide an even better touch friendly experience. Unfortunately, as is the case with Windows Mobile, building applications on top of an operating system to gloss over the misdoings of the system is a recipe for disaster. HTC has tried this approach with its Windows Mobile devices over the years but as soon as you need to step out of the vendors touch interface then the annoyances and issues of an operating system not designed for touch ensue. It remains to be seen whether HP can build their Slate to withstand these issues.

Unfortunately there's still no pricing information available or a firm release date. Ballmer demonstrated the device in Las Vegas last month at the Consumer Electronics Show but HP had no devices available for attendees to observe. A HP spokeperson would only confirm the device is "coming later this year".

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*Yawn* What a boring video.

Did you see how he was staring at her in the beginning? What a freakin creeper.

"Well, people can go out onto youtube and search for my name, they'll see me demonstrating the device"

What a pompous jackass. LOL

What if I buy a Slate PC? Will creepy old cheeky freaks be staring me down?

No thanks, HP. No thanks.

Looks pretty cool. It would be nice to have something like this.
I'm waiting to see what Apple is going to show.

KoL said,
Looks pretty cool. It would be nice to have something like this.
I'm waiting to see what Apple is going to show.

I want to see a nice little competition between Apple and HP for bragging rights on who's got the better device. If the Apple version is too much like a Mac, no thanks. I'm a fan of the iPhone OS though so hopefully it's closer to that. I love Windows 7 though so it'll be hard to get me from leaning that way.

dead.cell said,
Guy's a little creepy as he sits there staring at her hardcore at the beginning lol.

LMAO!!!!!! He really looks creepy.

Edited by KoL, Jan 26 2010, 11:38pm :

My next investment is definitely going to be a slate. I've been waiting for this type of device for years. Something easy to carry, big enough to be practical in use for reading articles and documents. I would be able to bring it with me to work and read my documents instead of printing off sometimes and insane amoung of pages. Less trees dead lol. They just now need to work on the cosmetic part. It doesn't look all that appealing. It looks like the notebook I had from them about 5 years ago, minus the bottom half with keyboard, etc.

I will definitely be getting one but when they finally get one with good specs and looks visually appealing.

I was watching this without audio - so it doesn't help. But my god - I'm not sure I've ever seen two people miss the point more. I don't want to see a video of two morons. I want to see the tablet. There was about 8 seconds of actual tablet video in that 5 minute prose.

I can see someone making a "killer" accessory for this slate: a small keyboard with touchpad, then making it back into a netbook. hehe
Anywhere, Windows 7 is touch ready, menues get larger when activated by touch, it comes with a touch keyboard with word suggestion, and if you want to use a pen it comes with character recognition. It's been used in tablets for years. Microsoft should send touch PCs with Win7 to all tech journalists so they stop spreading myths.

TonyLock said,
It's too thick. Makes me want the Apple iPad more.

Because you know that'll be thinner? I find it unlikely it could physically be much thinner. The hardware has to go /somewhere/, after all.

TonyLock said,
It's too thick. Makes me want the Apple iPad more.

Please just give us a break with all these Apple hypes on iSomething...

This might be a stupid question but I'll ask nevertheless. Can such a slate be used as a tablet to connect to a regular desktop? For example to work with Photoshop and other apps?

ferus said,
This might be a stupid question but I'll ask nevertheless. Can such a slate be used as a tablet to connect to a regular desktop? For example to work with Photoshop and other apps?

It has a full version of Windows on it, therefore Remote Desktop which connects to other full desktops. But upon re-reading your question, if you mean can it be joined to a computer and used as an additional touch enabled monitor for graphics work, perhaps if it has video out on it. If it doesnt a docking station likely would but by this stage there are alot better options to consider for what you want to achieve.

Osiris said,

It has a full version of Windows on it, therefore Remote Desktop which connects to other full desktops. But upon re-reading your question, if you mean can it be joined to a computer and used as an additional touch enabled monitor for graphics work, perhaps if it has video out on it. If it doesnt a docking station likely would but by this stage there are alot better options to consider for what you want to achieve.

Thanks for the reply. Well, if it had a video input/output would it be a good solution for the kind of work I mentioned? Or do the standard tablets still offer more advantages?
I'm considering buying something to make my photo retouching and editing more effective, quicker and easier. But I have absolutely no experience in this area so far.

ferus said,

Thanks for the reply. Well, if it had a video input/output would it be a good solution for the kind of work I mentioned? Or do the standard tablets still offer more advantages?
I'm considering buying something to make my photo retouching and editing more effective, quicker and easier. But I have absolutely no experience in this area so far.

If you're working in an environment around clients, this would be perfect. It'll be stable and powerful enough to run the applications you're talking about and you would be able to take your presentations right to your customers in realtime so they can see firsthand what they are getting before it's done and too late. So many possiblities on a photographer side or even with video. Being able to quickly show the customer what they want and get confirmation. You would be able to find other pcs on the network, connect to them with Remote Desktop, etc. As far as I know, slate pcs are a pc the same as any other.

indeed, agree with this statement

"we firmly believe that Windows itself has a long way to go until it can be used as touch only"

So once again a lot of hype, but its not and never will be the "tablet" PC that Bill Gates kept predicting for years on end would be the "killer hardware".

Nothing more than a big iPod, that also reads books.

Looks like it'll be all but dead within 18 months.

dvb2000 said,
indeed, agree with this statement

"we firmly believe that Windows itself has a long way to go until it can be used as touch only"

So once again a lot of hype, but its not and never will be the "tablet" PC that Bill Gates kept predicting for years on end would be the "killer hardware".

Nothing more than a big iPod, that also reads books.

Looks like it'll be all but dead within 18 months.

18 months huh? I wonder what crystal ball you're using and where can I buy one myself?

All a slate needs is a custom UI (which many are doing) to make it just that last bit more finger friendly and it'll sell just fine. They have a spot to be used in, a notebook can't be taken with you and used on most things where you're always on your feet and on the go. A slate fits into many of the same areas that tablets are being used in right now with good success.

IN the end, just because you don't see it being used or don't think it'll do well doesn't mean it's true. This isn't just HP going for broke, everyone else pretty much has one in the works and ready to go as well.

Hell, lenovo has a hybrid netbook/slate that's great.

dvb2000 said,
Looks like it'll be all but dead within 18 months.
/What/ will be all but dead? Tablet PCs which so far haven't died out for half a decade?

excalpius said,
It's too thick.

And why did they go back to the silver backing? Blah! They should stick to what's working with their nice shiny piano black and a little more curvy.