HP has been teasing us with its on-again/off-again relationship with the HP Slate, but it’s on again with the official release of the Slate 500. The Slate 500 is aimed at the enterprise crowd, with features not found in other Windows touch tablets. The 8.9-inch touch tablet packs an active digitizer, allowing for handwritten input and note-taking. The Slate 500 is available from HP for $799.
The Slate 500 has an Intel Atom Z540 (1.86 GHz) processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 64 GB SSD and a Broadcom Crystal HD Accelerator for handling HD video playback. The 8.9-inch screen features the N-Trig dual digitizer, for both multi-touch and pen input. The inclusion of pen support adds capability aimed at enterprise workers, although early reports indicate there is no palm rejection technology to allow resting the hand on the screen while writing with the pen. There is a 3 MP camera on the back of the tablet, and a second camera on the front for video conferencing.
HP is including two accessories for the Slate 500 in the $799 price, a portfolio case and a docking stand. The stand includes ports for peripherals, providing an easy way to connect the tablet to desktop peripherals. The HP Slate 500 is currently showing a shipping date of Nov. 11.
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