HP intros Slate 500 Tablet PC, made for banks only

Earlier at the HP Elevate 2011 event at Makati Shangri-la, HP showcased their products and solutions for business. One of the products we were interested in was their HP Slate 500 Tablet PC.

The HP Slate is a tablet PC running on Windows 7 Pro and has an Intel Atom Z540 (1.8GHz) under its hood. I know, not exactly a good combination of OS and processor. But the Slate is not made for multimedia content or gaming but is created mainly for customized apps use in a banking institution. Yes, HP’s first tablet is not for consumers however we were hinted that a Palm OS version might probably arrive in the future which would cater to the average joe.

The Slate is still a decent tablet though albeit on the thick side. It has a an 8.9-inch screen capable of 1024 x 600 resolution and comes with a 2GB RAM and a 64GB solid state drive. A front and rear camera is also available for some Skype or video-conferencing action. It has the standard ports you would need for an enterprise tablet with some more on its charging dock.

The charging dock is where the Slate usually seats due to its roughly 2.5-hour battery life. The dock has a couple of extra USB slots and a mic/earphone jack as well as an HDMI out to project your movies slide presentation to a larger screen.

The wireless keyboard is optional. This tiny piece of keyboard has a small trackpad for your mouse needs located on the upper right corner and the left-click is on the upper-left corner so you can control your Slate from a distance which is good if you’re using an external monitor. You can connect any generic external USB keyboards and mouse on the Slate though.

No price was mentioned so if your company needs these, contact your HP enterprise solution resellers.

HP Slate 500 Tablet PC Specs:

  • Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
  • Intel Atom Processor Z540 (1.86 GHz)
  • 2 GB DDR2 RAM
  • 64 GB SSD
  • 8.9-inch WVGA display (1024 x 600)
  • Intel GMA 500 integrated graphics
  • 3 MP rear camera, VGA front camera
  • 802.11 b/g/n2 WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • HP Slate digital pen
  • HP Slate dock
  • 2-cell (30WHr) polymer battery