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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


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