May 9 2010

Rumor: HP May Release Tablet

Though HP has recently announced that it will not be releasing its iPad competitor, the Slate tablet, another rumor has surfaced concerning a new HP tablet.

The new rumored HP tablet would be called the HP Hurricane and it is scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2010. The problem with the Slate was its operating system: Windows 7 just is not a feasible option at this point. But the operating system would be the Hurricane’s strength: according to industry insiders, the Hurricane would have a WebOS.

One analyst was very excited about the possibility of the Hurricane tablet, saying that WebOS is an excellent choice for a tablet and could make the Hurricane a “killer device.”

The Slate was supposed to have run Windows 7, had an 8.9-inch touchscreen with a 1024 by 600 resolution, and been around $549. It also was supposed to have a 1.6 Ghz Atom processor and 1 GB RAM.

Via AfterDawn.

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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