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HP's multi-touch, Windows 7-powered slate

Samsung's Q1EX UMPC from last year, albeit without multi-touch
Ballmer shows off a slate from HP, but don't expect any Courier magic

Rumors began to swirl yesterday that Steve Ballmer would be announcing a new slate PC today at his CES keynote address. The information handed down from the New York Times concluded that the device would feature a slate format and would be produced by Hewlett Packard.

The NYT's Ashlee Vance was correct on both accounts, however, those of us looking for more than a Windows 7 slate with multi-touch support will likely be disappointed. Instead of the whimsical fantasies dreamt up in Microsoft's Courier videos involving dual screens, pen input and an innovative user interface, those of us sitting in the audience were treated to something a bit more conventional.

In reality, the design reminds us of Microsoft's previous UMPC efforts, only on a larger scale. The prototype device that Ballmer showed the crowd was running a Kindle application for Windows 7 complete with multi-touch support.

Ballmer was quite the tease and didn't divulge any additional information on specs or pricing -- all we know is that the device will be available some time this year. However, we'll do our best to get more information on the device tomorrow.



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HP TC1100
By damianrobertjones on 1/7/2010 6:52:47 AM , Rating: 3
After owning a HP TC1100 for awhile, I'm REALLY looking forward to this Tablet. I'm sure that it won't reallt sell, like the other's that have been before it UNLESS HP really push the product.

Either way, as long as it's affordable (Doubt it) and is quick enough, I'll buy.

Want list:
HD playback
Acceptable 3D performace, nothing special, but acceptable
8Gb Max memory
Core 2, at least 1.8Ghz
Flip flops

P.s. Apple will sell their tablet without even breaking a sweat as people really are that silly




RE: HP TC1100
By Spind on 1/7/2010 6:56:41 AM , Rating: 2
how can anyone play games on this?


RE: HP TC1100
By damianrobertjones on 1/7/2010 8:09:19 AM , Rating: 2
Usb ports.

Mouse+keyboard

Done


RE: HP TC1100
By nafhan on 1/7/2010 2:00:36 PM , Rating: 2
A wired XBox 360 controller or mouse+keyboard for real games or the touch interface for flash games and solitare/minesweeper, etc. What you can do will boil down to CPU and GPU specs not the interface.


RE: HP TC1100
By riottime on 1/7/2010 9:45:10 AM , Rating: 1
archos has one already running windows 7 called archos 9.


RE: HP TC1100
By damianrobertjones on 1/7/2010 11:36:17 AM , Rating: 2
I did have a look at the Archos and.... I can't remember why but I didn't go for it. It looks damn nice but had to offer that bit more over the 1100 HP.

As it stands, I've seen the size of the new HP and it's not really a 'tablet' replacememt (Unless the picture was false) as it's quite small


RE: HP TC1100
By nafhan on 1/7/2010 9:58:19 AM , Rating: 3
PC World is saying less than $500 for this thing. If it works well with full screen flash video I'm interested. Win 7 is a pretty good multitouch UI.


RE: HP TC1100
By damianrobertjones on 1/7/2010 11:37:21 AM , Rating: 2
Let's hope the UK price is also around the £400/£500 price.

Somehow I'm sure it'll be closer to £600/£700 :(

Either way, I'm interested


Looks like apple has been beaten to the punch
By superPC on 1/7/10, Rating: 0
RE: Looks like apple has been beaten to the punch
By Sillarra on 1/7/2010 4:21:28 AM , Rating: 2
Does Apple already come out with a tablet (or at least an official announcement for it) and I missed the news, or did you just pull that one out from the air?


By davepermen on 1/7/2010 4:56:45 AM , Rating: 4
no, apple officially hasn't done anything. it's just the biggest and most ridiculous internet hype ever. no one has a clue what the device should be used for, why one should love it, etc. all just think apple should bring something new after ipod and iphone, and they want it to be sort of new and creative and absolutely awesome, of course.

so the internet crowd invented the apple tablet without any clue what for :)


By mattclary on 1/7/2010 9:05:11 AM , Rating: 2
Your post made me think of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOmRqVPJnzM


By damianrobertjones on 1/7/2010 6:48:35 AM , Rating: 2
NO!

Just, no, it looks like HP's previous Tablets the HP1100 and TC1000.

They were released around 2004.


By Mitch101 on 1/7/2010 10:44:18 AM , Rating: 2
The Earth and the Heavens are just copies of iEarth and iHeavens but GOD stole them from Steve Jobs.


So what's new?
By MobileJoel on 1/7/2010 8:56:18 AM , Rating: 4
I'm curious as to how this demonstration went. If I was a member of the press corps, I would've been taking notes on my lenovo x60 tablet running Windows 7. It's funny how the features many of the commenters on this post are asking for already exist. I use the tablet everyday, during my daily ride on a commuter bus. The handwriting recognition has vastly improved over the original tablet XP OS my computer was running -- it recognized my crappy half-cursive, half-print stuff I write while being on the bus. So the key features I'm looking for in the next tablet is less than 3 lbs. and less than 1/2 an inch. I'm thinking of the props used on Star Trek TNG. Otherwise, what's everyone bragging about?




RE: So what's new?
By damianrobertjones on 1/7/2010 11:38:52 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, Win 7 tablet features really are much better than the old XP version. Loved it.

As for feature, I want it all for £200. Lol


i want tablet convertible
By Visual on 1/7/2010 4:16:39 AM , Rating: 1
I still haven't seen a decent tablet-convertible laptop, and I think their popularity would be a required first step before pure tablets can have a chance.

There are cases where an on-screen keyboard is impossible to use - full-screen apps and games for example.




RE: i want tablet convertible
By davepermen on 1/7/2010 4:52:43 AM , Rating: 2
hp 2730p is very decent.

and next gen will sure have multitouch, too.


I Want....
By Computermonger on 1/7/2010 12:05:14 PM , Rating: 2
an E-ink slate or netbook!




AAPL worth 2/3 of MSFT in market cap
By JohnGotts on 1/7/10, Rating: -1
RE: AAPL worth 2/3 of MSFT in market cap
By eddieroolz on 1/7/10, Rating: 0
RE: AAPL worth 2/3 of MSFT in market cap
By biggsjm on 1/7/2010 8:22:16 AM , Rating: 2
I agree that until Apple announces anything, we should keep the speculation to a minimum. Plenty of rumor, nothing confirmed. I even saw an article yesterday (pre-CES keynote) that was titled "3 Reasons a MSFT/ HP Tablet will Kill Apple's Tablet". One of the reasons was that since HP and MSFT spent more $ combined in total RD than Apple it was ridiculous to even think that Apple could compete.

And then Microsoft goes and shows off this.

Look. I'm not saying this tablet is a piece of junk. But its nothing new. Its an All-In-One PC running Windows 7. Calling it a slate (is that really what they are calling this category now?) is a knock to the innovations that others are trying to make in this area (JooJoo / Nook / Kindle / etc.).

Windows 7 is a different animal than a tablet OS. if you watched the video, even Ballmer had trouble trying to navigate the Windows 7 UI (granted he had it upside down at the time). I was upset that while MSFT was talking about NUI (natural user interfaces) and the cool things they are doing with NATAL, that they could still do nothing to modify the view / GUI, while maintaining the underlying windows 7 OS.

As for Apple's tablet . . . let's analyze that and compare / contrast when they actually announce something.


By Spivonious on 1/7/2010 9:51:51 AM , Rating: 1
If the rumors are correct, then Apple's tablet will be nothing more than a big iPod Touch. Completely pointless, imo.


By cochy on 1/7/2010 9:22:10 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
Gee, this sounds a lot like an iPhone except it will run like crap and have no apps.


How can a Windows 7 PC have "no apps"?....


By Marlonsm on 1/7/2010 9:29:48 AM , Rating: 3
"have no apps"

Here you go with some "apps":
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=firefox-...


By Spivonious on 1/7/2010 9:44:12 AM , Rating: 1
You do realize that tablet PCs have been around for almost 10 years, right? Just because Apple added an "i" doesn't mean they invented it.


By TallCoolOne on 1/7/2010 11:04:25 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
it will run like crap and have no apps.


This HP Slate would be perfect for you because you obviously should not be allowed to use a keyboard. It is a Windows 7 PC. Do your AAPL iBlinders hide the fact that Windows has applications?

BTW, I'm not anti-Apple. I myself own a Macbook and an iPhone.


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