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HP May Rename Slate As Hurricane

There are rumours indicating that HP will be rebranding its Slate tablet PC as the Hurricane - if a blog post on the Examiner (opens in new tab) is to be believed.

The publication does not mention its source, but states that the device will be based on the Web OS that HP acquired after buying Palm earlier this year.

The blog also suggests that the rebranded tablet may be available as early as July.

The recent shelving of the much-hyped Slate came as a surprise to many observers. Powered by Windows 7, it would have come with a built-in camera, USB port, SD Card reader, support for Flash, video recording, and a price tag of between $550 for the 32GB model, and $600 for the 64GB.

The Hurricane will be HP's attempt to break into the tablet PC market, aiming to grab some of the market from the already dominant Apple iPad, which has sold more than one million units since release.

A Web OS platform could give a boost to HP as it is more suited to a purely mobile environment where proven power efficiency is paramount.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.