From the Good E-Reader Blog
It seems Hewlett-Packard is now determined to steal the show from Apple in the table style computing devices.
On Tuesday HP said that in order to provide a superior complete computing experience and compete with Apple’s iPad, it is creating a Windows 7-powered slate PC.
“With this slate product, you’re getting a full Web browsing experience in the palm of your hand,” said Phil McKinney, HP’s VP and chief technical officer for its Personal Systems Group, in a blog post. “No watered down Internet, no sacrifices,” wrote McKinney.
In comparison to iPad, McKinney said HP’s yet-to-be-named tablet PC would support Adobe’s Flash multimedia format. “A big bonus for the slate product is that, being based on Windows 7, it offers full Adobe support,” said McKinney.
To substantiate his claims with respect to Windows 7-powered slate PC, McKinney posted a video of the HP tablet in action. The video showed a user navigating his way around the tablet PC through a series of easy hand gestures, similar to the iPAD advertisement that made its debut during Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast.
The video also displayed that it has multiple use as a video player, an e reader and also can be used as a navigational tool. There is still some information unavailable to the user for its slate PC, like pricing and the launch dates. With HP, Acer, Microsoft and others planning tablet computers, Apple may not have the field to itself for long after it ships the iPad next month.
In the month of January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer exhibited a prototype HP tablet powered by Windows 7 and assured that more such products are in the pipeline.
Ballmer also mentioned that the tablet PC is virtually as movable as a phone and strong as a PC running Windows 7 and he also stated that this upcoming category of PCs is surely going to take advantage of the touch and mobility capabilities of Windows 7. Check out our E-Reader Forum and E-Reader Blog for more information.