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HP slate to undercut iPad's price?

updated 10:50 pm EST, Wed February 17, 2010

HP tablet with 3G to go below Apple cost

HP's slate PC should cost less than an equivalent iPad when it goes on sale, a leak has revealed late on Wednesday. Sources say that an entry version of the Windows 7 tablet with 3G will have similar specs to an iPad but will cost less than the $629 Apple wants to charge. Executives are reportedly meeting both in the US and Taiwan to lock down the costs and feature set within the next few weeks.

No extra details were given by the WSJ insiders. However, as it runs Windows 7 it's extremely likely to use a variant of Intel's Atom as the processor. Using a full desktop operating system will also likely push up the minimum storage as Windows 7 officially requires 16GB of drive space, or enough to consume all or a large part of a flash drive.

Similar contacts also claim that Microsoft is still developing its Courier dual-screen tablet through its low-key Alchemy Ventures lab and that it could also be an iPad rival. However, as in past rumors, the design is still considered a concept and may not necessarily reach production.

Compared to the now-public iPad, the Courier appears to embrace a very different philosophy. The device uses an agenda metaphor and is primarily meant for taking notes from the web and offline. E-books would be important given the form factor, but unlike its Apple counterpart the Courier wouldn't have room for third-party apps and would downplay the importance of media playback.

by MacNN Staff



  1. gplawhorn

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Equal Specs ≠ Equal Value

    Simply listing specs - screen size, RAM, processor speed, etc. - doesn't provide a full comparison. Apple products have a quality of feel and experience that goes beyond listing attributes. That value may be harder to quantify, but is no less real, and for me and many like me, is just as important as the more mundane specs.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Problem is the iPhone OS was meant to run on a 400Mhz device, putting it on a 1Ghz Chip will make it feel fast, agile and like it can do anything. Putting a desktop OS designed for 2Ghz Core i5 chips, and putting it on a lowly atom processor isn't going to provide near the same experience. Apple can make the iPad so cheap partly because it's designed that way. Microsoft didn't have products like the slate in mind when they designed all of Windows features.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    HP, you could give it away, and the only people that will "buy" it will be the Apple haters. Making a competing product to Apple is a sure fire way of showing how you just don't get it.

  1. Alfiejr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gadget Head Dummies

    when are you gadget geeks gonna get it that specs and features are NOT what it's all about? to call a Win 7 tablet "equivalent" to the iPad is like comparing a robot arm to a human arm. they can both do many of the same things. the robot arm is stronger and faster, can have more sensors, and can twist in ways a human arm cannot. it's got more features and better specs. but would you trade your real arm for a robot arm? its complex setup, UI, and logistical maintenance? its unintuitive operation? i don't think so ... but then, you are a gadget geek, so maybe yes!

  1. chas_m



    Where are the haters?

    1. The base price of the iPad is $499, not $629 -- unless you're saying the Slate also does 3G, which is fine but wasn't mentioned in the article.

    2. Most of the 16GB drive is taken up with Windows, you say? Oh, THAT will be popular ...

    3. So, no extra apps and "downplaying" media playback (code for "video sucks on this thing"). Hmmm. Again, don't see that as being terribly popular with consumers.

    Still, the Slate is probably A Good Thing. Its strong business focus will allow cubicle drones to work on their PowerPoint and Word docs and play solitaire with reasonable efficiency (would love to see the battery life on this thing first though). People who are focused on that and don't need, you know, extensibility or creativity or imagination of any kind may find it a better option. Maybe we should nickname it the MiddleManagementPad, or the DullPad.

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just Fine

    Common guys, we don't have to buy it, but a little competition has never done any harm..... So, Go HP!!!!

  1. russellb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    downplay the importance of media playback.

    ha ha ha ha ha good luck with that

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The big issues for me will be
    1) Battery life - I'll be astounded if a Win7 / Atom combination can deliver anything close to 10 hours, because it's going to use at least double the CPU power. Mind you, as Jobs says, most of the power cost is the screen.
    2) Performance - as Salty says, and as is proven by existing Netbooks, Win 7 doesn't really run well on an Atom.
    3) UI - the Windows UI isn't designed around finger control. Neither is the Mac one.
    4) Apps - pretty much the same point as 3. There is no library of Windows touch apps.

  1. appleuzr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    So the HP Slate is going to cost less but run windows 7 and be supported by no apps. The iPad will cost more, run OS X, and have a massive app store to back it up. Hmmm.... which one shall I choose? Anyone who chooses the cheaper option will get just that, the cheaper option.

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Billions of webpages

    ... but they only seem to find the New York Times.

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