The HP slate was introduced at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2011. The Slate was not heard of since then and since HP’ acquisition of Palm, the HP Slated was shelved. The Slate, on a later announcement by HP was slated(no pun intended) for enterprise users.

Now, the HP is poised for released, but to the enterprise market.

The device is powered by a  a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor with 2GB of RAM and 64GB SSD and packs. There is a HD accelerator to handle 1080p video via the included HDMI port.The 8.9-inch capacitive touch Slate runs Windows 7 Professional, but it’s got a Wacom active digitizer for taking notes. There is also a 3MP camera on the back and a front facing VGA camera.

All in all, the specs aren’t bad at all. However, the Windows 7 professional OS does not have specific enhanced to fit the touchscreen model. The menus are similar to the desktop version of Windows which responds to touch input. The price is at an eye watering 799 US Dollars and given the fact that this device is for the enterprise market, the consumers are spared from the onslaught of this device. The build quality of the device, however is top notch (as it should be) and it gives us hope that the WebOS based tablet due to be announced by HP next year will be a class device.

We all live in hope.

In the meantime, click on this link to view more images and a brief video run through of the device by Engadget.

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