Besides the 3115m ultraportable, Hewlett-Packard has unveiled the business-oriented HP Slate 2 Tablet PC, a refreshed version of the original Slate.
The second generation Slate runs Windows 7 Home or Pro on a 8.9″ 1024-by-600 display and the newer Intel Atom Oak Trail Z670 1.5GHz processor with GMA 600 IGP, combined with 2GB RAM. You can not expect wonders in terms of performance with the this HP tablet, since the CPU is single core. However, the HP Slate now doesn’t lag behind the Dell ST and Fujitsu Q550 when it comes to core components. In addition, an estimated battery life is “five to six hours” with a small 2-cell battery, thanks to Z670’s power consumption of only 3 Watts.
You can use the Slate 2 for both multi-touch input and stylus input, enabled by N-Trig technology panel. Another new feature is a swipe on-screen keyboard, like those on Android and iOS tablets and smartphones. For data storing, there’s an mSATA solid state drive with up to 64GB capacity. The tablet can be connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi and optional un2430 EV-DO/HSDPA 3G module, and secured using the built-in TPM chip.
There are also a back 3MP and front VGA-quality cameras, a USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth 4.0, and SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader. This limited selection can be expanded via HP Slate dock with two USBs, HDMI and charging functionality. For a laptop-like exerience with the HP Slate 2 you can get a HP Slate Bluetooth Keyboard and Case carrying solution.
Dimensions of the device are 5.9 x 9.21 x 0.61 inches and the weight is 1.52 pounds.
With a basic set of features and 32GB of storage, the 2nd gen HP Slate will be priced at $699 (model A6M61AA). The 64GB A6M62AA will cost $799. The tablet will start shipping later this month and will be available for purchase via the HP Business Store.
HP Slate 2 reviews are not available yet. Meanwhile, you can check out this un-boxing video: