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HP Unveils Windows 7-based Slate 500

HP has released the Slate 500, the tablet device that was announced by Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, at the beginning of the year and which will be targeting business users.

The device will compete with the Apple iPad, the Cisco Cius, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the RIM Playbook as it looks to win hearts in the increasingly crowded enterprise segment.

HP says that the tablet is designed specifically for users looking for "the familiarity of Microsoft Windows 7 and the ability to run custom or corporate applications".

Engadget - as usual - spills the beans on the specification of the Slate 500; it is powered by an Intel Atom Z540 clocked at 1.86GHz, comes with 2GB RAM and a 64GB SSD plus there's a Broadcom HD chip onboard to offload the CPU from the task of decoding 1080p ideo.

The 8.9-inch capacitive screen can handle 1024x600 pixels, much like the Galaxy Tab, and HP has judiciously thrown in a VGA webcam, a 3-megapixel camera and the ability to use an active stylus from Wacom, turning the Slate 500 into a digitising tablet.

No news as to whether it will come with WebOS at some stage or whether it will handle 3G like most of its competitors.

But the fact that it will come with a HDMI-equipped dock means that it will please consumers as well. HP will sell the Slate 500 for $799 in the US before "evaluating" for further expansion.