HP Slate 500 Official: Palm / webOS Tablet Coming

Since CES 2010 we have wondered if Hewlett Packard will ever release a tablet device, we now have official news that the HP Slate running Windows 7 is a done deal. The device will be powered by an Atom processor and will be aimed at the enterprise market – something for the BlackBerry PlayBook to compete with then.

This version will not worry the iPad at all, but with news that HP plan to offer a Palm webOS version for the consumer market – Apple could finally have a worthy contender. We cannot say for certain how good the upcoming tablet will be, but it is a known fact how well webOS performs.

Getting back to the HP Slate Window 7 version, we still do not know how the device will handle the full version of Microsoft’s operating system, but we will know soon once the reviews start coming in.

The tablet device will cost $799, and for that you get a 1.86GHz Intel Atom processor – so it is like a touchscreen netbook in a way. Other features include 2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. The screen size will be 8.9-inches and will be able to play Full HD 1080p video.

There are two cameras, a VGA on the front and a 3-megapixel on the rear – it’s as if HP have thrown the kitchen sink in for good measure. For more details visit Engadget.

Which of the two versions will HP have more success with?