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HP Slate is not done yet: video footage leaks

The HP Slate may not entirely be going into the oblivion

A leaked YouTube video sparked further rumors about an upcoming HP tablet, so much so that the user x313xkillax decided to remove it later. Liliputing reports that the slate was running Windows 7 Premium 32-bit on an 8.9-inch screen with multi-touch support. It reportedly even accepts four-finger jesture inputs.

The slate was told to be running the Intel Atom Z540 CPU with a clock speed of 1.86GHz. Note that this processor is generally used in netbooks and other similar small form-factors because of its power-saving nature. It is also quite cheap a CPU, with a distinctly higher clock speed than the Atom N270 (1.6GHz) but with lower TDP rating (find out in our performance testing here). It can be good only for running lower memory usage like surfing and documentation.

The Z540 is accompanied by an Intel GMA 500 integrated graphics chip that supports Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator. There should be 2GB of DDR2 memory and a 64GB solid state drive. Connections are expected to be the boosting factor, with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board. There was no mention of availability of 3G in the Liliputing report, but I am sure HP must have taken this into account.

The slate comes with a docking station that has an HDMI output, with the help of which you will be able to connect the tablet to TV. It should also the 2-cell 30Whr battery that might otherwise run for not more than 3-4 hrs at the max.

Expect other popular additions like front and rear cameras and accelerometer. There are no words on price and availability yet, but looking at the efficiency with which HP shells out new machines – this should not take long to arrive.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-09-27 (Update: 2012-05-26)