Hewlett Packard’s effort in the tablet world is mostly known for a certain WebOS debacle that etched a place in computing history. So while the absence of the HP TouchPad signifies one tablet less for the consumers to consider, the company continues to maintain a presence in the enterprise tablet segment.
There is some great news coming from HP and the company seems to be in the process of bolstering its presence in the business tablet segment. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as HP had already made it known they are not quitting the tablet game altogether and that their next venture in the tablet segment will be based on Windows 8. Sources maintain the tablet will have Windows 8 Professional and not the tablet optimized Windows RT version.
The tablet in question is tentatively named HP Slate 8 and is based on an x86 chip. Details aren’t in abundant supply right now. Still, sources with Neowin maintain they are pretty sure of the tablet’s specs. It’s allegedly a 10.1 inch device that sports an all aluminum body about 9.2 mm thick, weighs at 1.5 pounds, and has 8 – 10 hours of battery life. There could also be an optional docking station and a pen based input for the Slate 8. No word on what the tablet will have at its core though an Intel Clover Trail Atom processor can’t be ruled out considering the 8-10 of battery life that is quoted, which is in line with what Intel has claimed the chip is capable of delivering. Also, considering the tablet is targeted at the business community, it is natural for the Slate 8 to come pre-loaded with a few business oriented apps. Another nice aspect of the tablet is the outdoor readable display that the Slate 8 is reported to come with.
HP though hasn’t confirmed any of this and has stated “we don’t comment on rumors or speculation.” However, if the specs are correct, this will be a device that can not only set things right for one of the largest technology companies, but also take things right to the Apple camp.