A memo has recently been leaked, which details the specs on HP’s upcoming Slate tablet and how it compares to the iPad. HP has analyzed where its product has advantages over Apple’s iPad and where it has disadvantages.
HP lists several areas where they have an advantage. To begin, the Slate has an SD card reader, a USB port, HDMI out, a webcam, a 3-megapixel camera and a more conventional SIM card tray. These features alone address many of the concerns critics have expressed with the iPad.
The HP also has Pen/Digitizer support and 1080p playback. HP also lists their processor, the 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 as an advantage over Apple’s 1GHz Apple A4, designed by P.A. Semi and manufactured by Samsung. It’s unclear as to why HP seems to think that that’s an advantage, considering Apple’s chip is better suited to the power requirements of a tablet.
There are also several ways in which the iPad poses a threat to HP. The iPad has a much longer supposed battery life: Ten hours to the Slate’s five, though neither will probably reach those numbers with average use.
HP’s tablet has a smaller screen than the iPad, and retails for a high starting price, with the 32GB Slate going for $549 compared to the iPad’s 16GB version starting at $499. (The high end products compare better for HP, with their 64GB selling for $599 versus Apple’s 64GB, which is $699.) The iPad also has a better wireless, using N instead of the Slate’s G.
HP appears to have only analyzed the hardware when comparing its device to that of Apple’s, as no mention of software is made beyond the OS, with HP and Apple touting Windows 7 and iPhone OS 3.x+, respectively. Considering that it is really the software and usability that sells Apple products more than the hardware, this might be a mistake on HP’s part.
More fortuitously, the Slate will have many of the software features that the iPad lacks. Considering it will be running Windows 7, it will undoubtedly have flash support and it also won’t force consumers to buy a raft of custom peripherals.
Ultimately it is anybody’s guess as to how the Slate pans out, but it will surely attract those that are interested in the market’s new fascination with tablets, but not with the limitations presented by the iPad.