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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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Looks like apple has been beaten to the punch
By superPC on 1/7/2010 2:39:55 AM , Rating: 0
it look a lot like apple tablet with the rounded edge. too bad it still have a rather large frame. it's more functional than the apple tablet though with fully functional windows 7 while apple tablet don't use desktop/laptop version of Mac OS X.

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:

By damianrobertjones on 1/7/2010 6:48:35 AM , Rating: 2

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.

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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