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The Slate has an SD card slot, a frontcing VGA camera and a rearcing MP camera, a USB port, and a docking connector. The included dock has an HDMI output, two more UDB ports, and a second headphone/mic jack. Internally, theres a .GHz Intel Atom Z processor, GB of RAM, a GB SSD hard drive, and a Broadcom Crystal HD chip for HD video playback on the .inch ,x .

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Even before Apples iPad was officially announced, HP was showing off a proto tablet on stage at CES . Since then, the company and its slate have been in and out of public view, offering up tantalizing sneak peek videos, followed by rumors of delays and OS changes, further complicated by the companys merger with Palm.

At long last, an actual HP tablet is being officially released, but it may not be exactly what youd expect. The HP Slate Tablet PC is a inch Windows slate, aimed at business and industrial users, rather than casual consumers. In ct, it seems to be exactly the same product we obtained a series of leaked photos of several weeks ago, down to the leather case and docking stand.

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While the components are very Netbooklike, we found clicking around the Windows intece to be largely lagfree, and besides touch input, an active stylus also included is supported. The Slate largely worked as advertised, and was certainly much better than some of the disappointingly underpowered Windowbased tablets weve seen in the past.

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The biggest weakness, however, is the total lack of any specialized touch inteces. HP is shipping the system without any custom software, relying instead on the limited tablet software built into Windows, such as the mediocre deult Windows onscreen keyboard.

We got a chance to sit down with the HP Slate recently, and found it to be a lightweight, sturdy device, with a slick industrial design and several hardware advantages over the iPad, especially when it comes to ports and connections.

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The HP Slate is available only as a bundle, including the tablet, docking stand, carrying case, and stylus, for . Future consumertargeted versions, perhaps with Palms WebOS or Android, are a possibility, but for now, this is HPs big tablet push for .

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