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Microsoft shows HP Slate tablet during CES keynote

By Matthew ยท 11 replies
Jan 7, 2010
  1. Microsoft has pulled back the curtain on an HP-crafted tablet computer during its CES 2010 keynote. The HP Slate, as shown by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, looks to offer a portable computing package that is oddly nestled between the functionality of a smartphone and netbook.

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  2. i don't want it to suck but i can't help feeling like it's going to suck.
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,311   +100

    :( I know exactly how you feel.
  4. For these ultra-portable 'slates' that can be used for media viewing, and as an ebook reader, the x86 processor platform is completely unsuitable.

    People are going to use these things to read ebooks in bed. Do you want a computer mouse? No. Do you want a keyboard? No. Do you want power cables? No.

    To be successful, it MUST run on an energy efficient processor, like the ARM family, and it must be multi-touch. That makes Microsoft's offerings useless.

    See how this stacks up against the new Android SmartSlates coming to market, running on ARM, and getting 10-12 hours of battery usage on each charge. Now, if they also add a Pixel Qi screen to these devices, they could be getting days of battery usage.
  5. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,279   +105

    Huh? What do mouse, keyboard and power cables have to do with the CPU? And how is multi-touch a limitation when Windows 7 supports it? Atom based notebooks are already in the 10 hour range, and when coupled with a Pixel Qi display will last even longer. So basically, you don't mention any real reason to prefer ARM.

    While I could think of some minor benefits of ARM, I see a lot more downsides. In terms of flexibility I'd definitely prefer an x86 based device.
  6. It makes me laugh to no end when they are proud to show the same gestures Apple commercialized on the iphone in summer of 2007.

    They don't get that they are copy cats!!!!
  7. how is it diffrent from my tablet pc which i have had for 5 years already? methinks they keep regurgitating the same things every few years and calling it something else.
  8. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    they are trying to get a head start on apples pending announcement. It will be interesting to see what "innovations" apple brings to the table if any.
  9. Can anyone say "giant iPhone"? Come on. Let's get an original idea.
  10. EVERY company copies from each other and screws each other over by patent lawsuits
  11. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Double or triple its size so I can play some D&D on there.
  12. megrawab

    megrawab TS Rookie Posts: 93

    I pressume that HP Slate is the same as the Apple's iPad. I knew from one of the articles here that iPad lacks Flash. Well I hope the HP Slate has that feature since flash has always been needed in most applications not only on the web but also in offline activities. It would be an advantage if HP Slate enables Flash. :>
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