More information about HP's forthcoming Slate tablet have been leaked online courtesy of technology blog Engadget which happened to have obtained a copy of an internal presentation (for HP employers only) a few hours after the launch of Apple's iPad.
The slide compares the Apple iPad to the HP Slate and even highlights the pros and cons of each device. We learn that the Slate will run on an Intel Atom Menlow Z530 processor clocked at 1.6GHz with an Intel UMA (Unified Memory Architecture) graphics module optimised for 1080p playback.
The display though is a 8.9-inch 1024x600 pixel one, which is therefore not only smaller but also displays significantly less pixels (28 percent) than the iPad. The iPad also boost a fingerprint resistant screen while the HP slate has support for a pen/digitizer.
It will come with 1GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB worth of flash memory which can be upgraded using an SD Card reader (a 32GB SDHC card can be purchased for £55).
Also on the spec list are a front VGA webcam and a three-megapixel back camera (none on the iPad), plus WiFi, Bluletooth and optional 3G while the HP Slate trounces the iPad when it comes to connectivity with a headphone and microphone jack plus a USB port.
Some might also argue that the HP Slate will have a better platform altogether with a proper OS (Windows 7 Home Premium coupled with HP's own UI) compared to the iPad's iPhone OS 3.2.
But the iPad seems to have the upper hand when it comes to battery life as it still manages to offer up to 10 hours worth of battery life using an even less powerful battery than the HP slate (a 25Whr vs a 30Whr). Plus the iPad is likely to be sold at a cheaper price than the Slate.