Is everyone just giving in to Apple now?
Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft
is abandoning its internal Courier dual-screen tablet concept.
The Courier was to use dual 7" screens and rely on both pen and
Now HP is killing off its Windows
7-based Slate before it even hits the market according to TechCrunch.
If you recall, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made
a big deal about HP's Slate at this year's CES in Las Vegas.
Ballmer actually brought a prototype device out on stage with him
during his keynote address to the tech community.
TechCrunch's sources reveal that
is simply unimpressed with Windows 7 as a platform for a
touch-based tablet device. HP is also said to be nixing the idea of
using Intel's Atom processors for any future Slate devices due to
demanding power requirements.
The latter point is quite poignant as
it is one
of the negatives that HP pointed out in company slides comparing
the Slate to Apple's
successful iPad. Apple's iPad is good for 10 to 12 hours of real
world use thanks to its lightweight iPhone OS and power sipping A4
processor. HP, on the other hand, lists the Slate's battery life at
5+ hours when running on a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor (Z530). The
relatively poor battery life of the Slate comes despite the fact that
it packs a 30 Wh battery while the iPad features only a 25 Wh
With Windows 7 and Intel now apparently
out of the picture, that leaves Android/webOS and ARM processors for
future Slate devices. HP said on Wednesday that it would be "doubling
down on webOS" and that it would "scale it across multiple
Considering that many have been
somewhat unimpressed with Palm's recent hardware -- namely the Pre
and Pixi -- but adore webOS, it would be quite interesting to see
what HP can do with a tablet based on its newly acquired operating
system and speedy ARM hardware.