HP Slate pricing, specs reportedly revealed

Genuine-looking internal presentation posted by Engadget shows tablet's base model costing $549 with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor and a five-hour battery.

Just days after the Apple iPad's retail debut, a rather genuine-looking Hewlett-Packard presentation has been published by Engadget that features specs and pricing details of the forthcoming HP Slate.

The Windows 7 tablet will sport an 8.9-inch 1024x600 capacitive multitouch display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, a five-hour battery, Webcam, and a 3-megapixel camera, according to the presentation. The Slate's $549 base Wi-Fi configuration will reportedly have 32GB of flash storage and 1GB of non-upgradeable RAM, while a $599 version will come with 64GB of storage. Both tablets also have a USB port, HDMI output, SDHC slot, and a SIM card slot for optional 3G, according to the apparently leaked presentation, which also highlights the features HP sees as superior or a threat to iPad appeal.

Earlier Monday, HP released a new video demo of the device, which the company referred to as a "slate." The very iPad-looking tablet is shown making use of different apps and features as part of a 30-second musical montage.

It's not the first time HP has sought to steal some of Apple's thunder in the coming tablet wars. In March, just hours after Apple debuted its first iPad commercial, HP followed with a pair of video demos showing off its own touch-screen tablet.

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