Hewlett Packard in the tablet world is mostly known for a certain WebOS debacle that etched a place in computing history. So while the absence of HP TouchPad signifies one tablet less for the consumers to consider, the company continues to maintain a presence in the enterprise tablet segment.
There is some great news coming from HP and the company seems to be in the process of bolstering its presence in the business tablet segment. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as HP had already made it known they are not quitting the tablet game altogether; and that their immediate venture in the tablet segment will be based on Windows 8. Sources maintain the tablet will have on board Windows 8 Professional and not the tablet optimized Windows RT version.
The tablet in question is tentatively named HP Slate 8 and is based on an x86 chip. Details right now aren’t in abundant supply while it’s authenticity is also in doubt. Still, sources with neowin maintain they are pretty much sure of the tablet’s specs they have come to know of. So its a 10.1 inch device that is being talked about here. One that sports an all aluminum body that is about 9.2 mm thick, weighs at 1.5 pounds and has 8 – 10 hours of battery life. There could also be an optional docking station and a pen based input for the Slate 8. No word on what the tablet will have at its core though an Intel Clover Trail Atom processor can’t be ruled out considering the 8-10 of battery life that is quoted which is in line with what Intel has also stated the chip is capable of delivering. the Also, considering the tablet is targeted at the business community, it is but natural for the Slate 8 to come pre-loaded with a few business oriented apps. Another nice aspect of the tablet is the outdoor readable display that the Slate 8 is reported to come with.
HP though hasn’t confirmed any of this and has stated “we don’t comment on rumors or speculation”. However, the specs if true does point to a device that can not only set things right for one of the largest technology company but also take things right to the Apple camp.