HP announced an updated version of its Windows Slate Tablet PC on Thursday.
The HP Slate 2 builds on HP’s original Slate by refreshing the processor, HDD and adding in the popular Swype keyboard software. HP has also added a TPM chip to allow Windows users to turn on bitlocker drive encryption. HP is shipping the Slate 2 with a Bluetooth keyboard dock and sleeve to protect the device on the go. The Slate 2 is designed for business use and weighs in at 1.5 pounds, slightly heavier than Apple’s iPad 2 rival. The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC also features an 8.9-inch diagonal capacitive multitouch display for touch and pen input.
HP has opted to include an Intel Atom Z670 1.5GHz processor with mSATA SSM tech to deliver fast boot up times. HP is promising up to six hours of battery life. The Slate 2 will feature a 64GB SSD drive. “HP is dedicated to the tablet PC category and continues to listen to customers and improve the product in ways that best address their business needs,” said Dan Forlenza, vice president and general manager, Commercial Managed IT Segment, HP. “The HP Slate includes the right mix of rich features, support for custom-built applications, and the security and connectivity needed for today’s highly mobile and rigorous day-to-day professional environment.”
The HP Slate 2 is priced at $699 and will be available worldwide later this month.