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HP Slate 500 Discovered On HP Website

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has listed the Windows 7 HP Slate 500 tablet device on its company website, confirming reports that the 'Slate' device may still be in development.

Tech news site PC World reports that the company listed the Slate 500 device on its website.

The site states that the device will run on the Windows 7 Premium OS.

The news comes as a surprise as the company had recently acquired smartphone maker Palm for $1.2 billion and was expected to use its webOS operating system to power any HP tablet PCs.

PC World as also unearthed a trademark application filed by HP for the term Palmpad with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, indicating that the company is developing a webOS based tablet as well.

When contacted about the HP Slate 500 device, a company spokesperson said that the device was in its customer evaluation phase, and so only a few selected customers will be provided with prototypes for testing.

A spokesperson for HP said: "We're in customer evaluations now and will make a determination soon on the next steps."