A convincing looking slide comparing the specs of Hewlett-Packard’s upcoming “Slate” tablet with Apple’s iPad appeared this afternoon on Engadget.
If accurate, HP is going to undercut Apple with a more powerful tablet device, but Apple already has the mindshare. I mentioned the Slate in Sunday’s column on the iPad.
The slide says the Windows 7-based Slate will cost $549 for a 32-gig model and $599 for a 64-gig. Apple’s iPads with the same capacity cost $599 or $699.
HP’s device will have a 1.6 gigahertz Intel Atom processor, compared with the iPad’s 1 GHz processor, and it will support 1080p and have a USB 2.0 port and SD card slot. It’s a bit smaller than an iPad but weighs the same, at 9.2 by 5.7 inches, 0.57-inches thick and 1.5 pounds.
But the iPad has double the battery life — 10 hours vs. the Slate’s 5 hours — and the Slate strangely only has 802.11b and g Wi-Fi and not the faster “n” flavor that the iPad includes. The Slate also supports a mobile broadband card, presumably 4G.
HP highlighted the ports — which the iPad lacks — in a teaser video it released this morning: