Apr 30 2010

HP Nixes Slate

HP has decided to nix its Slate tablet before even releasing it, according to reports today. HP’s reason for killing off its iPad competitor? Windows 7 does not measure up as a tablet operating system. HP will probably be searching for a new operating system, such as Google’s Android OS, or it could be planning to convert Palm’s webOS to work on tablets. Adapting webOS for tablets would make sense in light of HP’s recent acquisition of Palm.

The demise of the Slate may also have to do with its battery life. Analysts have speculated that with Windows 7 and Intel’s Atom processor, it probably was not getting even close to the battery life of an iPad, which is supposed to be ten hours.

Though Windows 7 has multi-touch support, it is unlikely that it is the best solution for a tablet, even with HP’s TouchSmart software. By abandoning Windows 7, HP has the opportunity to make a better product.

Via the San Francisco Chronicle.

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  1. sell college textbooks said:

    HP has had a hard time keeping up with Apple. Although I think they should be trying to find better ways to make their system better, faster, and less capable of becoming an expensive paper weight. I myself would love to have a mac but I can’t really afford one. They have better life span, don’t get bogged down with viruses and such. So I thing HP needs to keep it simple and fix what they have before they make a nightmare of something they can’t possibly compete with. OR how about this…… Come up with something that no one else has instead of copying Apple.

    May 1st, 2010 at 8:25 am

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