At CES, HP has unveiled it’s new ‘Slate’ product.
Or more accurately, Steve Ballmer of Microsoft presented this Window 7-running mini tablet PC with no reference to specifications. Engadget has some coverage but for the real skinny, head on over to Gizmodo for some real photos including this clever bit of cross-marketing.
Take note, it’s not Courier, the two screen slate Microsoft distracted us with ages ago (which was aimed entirely at interior designers) but it will apparently be a shipping product at some point this year.
There are some other contenders for iSlate also-rans.
Paradigm Shift 10″ Android tablet.
Engadget also have details of the Paradigm Shift tablet.
Set to be available in your choice of black or white, this one packs an 800MHz Marvel PX166 processor (slightly faster than the Camangi’s), along with a 1,024 x 600 touchscreen (no word if it’s capacitive or resistive), 2GB of flash storage standard (upgradable to 16GB), built-in WiFi, VGA out, an SD card slot for further expansion, and even the option of built-in 3G. Look for this one to hit the US sometime this March with an MSRP of $369.95.
and last but not least, we have the JooJoo / CrunchPad. This 12.1″ tablet has been a media darling from when it was called the CrunchPad right up until they ditched the name (and TechCrunch) and decided to go it alone with the JooJoo.
Of these, only the HP/Microsoft effort seems to indicate anything much more than being a web tablet and even then, they’ve showed us a demo which could have been built in Silverlight for all we know. We do know it runs Windows 7 so it’s likely an Atom processor in there and the presence of the Taskbar means there’s not going to be any innovation present.
OK – lots of people are expecting the Apple tablet to finally appear but wouldn’t it be typical if it doesn’t?
Apple have never admitted to working on something called an iSlate, which will be a large touchscreen. Has there been enough traction in the Tablet industry for Apple to step in and ‘do it right’ the way they did with MP3 players and mobile phones in the 2000s?