A muted milestone
While a relief to Microsoft, the debut of HP’s Slate 500 is coming with little of the fanfare that herald a significant challenger to the iPad.
The device is designed for companies wedded to Windows elsewhere, especially those that might want to install their own applications, HP said.
HP’s $800 entry has an 8.9-inch screen, falling between the 9.7-inch iPad and 7-inch devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, due out next month and running Google’s Android operating system.
In the business market, it will compete with the iPad, Cisco’s forthcoming Android-based Cius, and Research in Motion’s announced PlayBook, which runs RIM’s own QNX operating system.