The HP Slate launch has been on again/off again more times than a bad romcom engagement. But now it seems we’ve got the final answer: the Windows 7-packing HP Slate is on the way but it’ll be an enterprise device for business. If you’ve been angling for a consumer tablet from HP (aka the PalmPad/HP Hurricane), it’s still coming and will be rocking webOS 2.0….
At Fortune’s Brainstorm conference, HP Personal Systems Group VP, Todd Bradley, revealed that the HP Slate is still on the way but the device which Steve Ballmer waved around at CES won’t be for likes of you or I. Instead, the HP Slate 500 will be targeted at industry and corporations.
Meanwhile, Palm boss turned senior HP exec, Jon Rubinstein was at the same event promising that webOS 2.0 will launch later this year. We’ve heard plenty of talk from HP about webOS tablets and he confirmed that it’s “aggressively” developing hardware for the new operating system.
We been fans of webOS since we played with the Palm Pre and the arrival of webOS 2.0 is even better news. It opens up the potential for a OS tailored more closely to tablets, something that’s sorely needed for devices hoping to take on the iPad and iOS.
Are you disappointed that the Windows 7 HP Slate won’t be headed for the mainstream? What does a webOS 2.0 tablet need to do to wow you?