HP Slate 500: Suited, booted and very official

It's been a long time coming - but the HP Slate 500 is finally here. But, in a bit of a shock move, the Palo Alto based company has marketed the Windows 7 tablet towards professionals.

Whilst you're free to go and buy one yourself, even if you're not a businessman (you won't get turned away if you're lacking a suit and tie) HP has definitely got the business-world in mind looking at the wording on the 500's press release.

"The new HP Slate 500 Tablet PC is designed specifically for business, enterprise and vertical customers looking for the mobility of a tablet, the familiarity of Microsoft Windows 7 and the ability to run custom or corporate applications", it reads.

"The ability to easily incorporate custom business applications differentiates this product and ultimately enhances the user experience and saves time for HP's business and enterprise customers".

But, at the end of the day, as a famous footballer once said, it's still a Windows 7 touting machine - so it doesn't really matter if HP has slapped a business-tag on it, you'll still be able to fire up Spotify, check out videos on the iPlayer and fire up YouPorn, sorry, YouTube.

The HP Slate 500 has an 8.9-inch, 1024 x 600, capacitive touchscreen, and comes bundled with a digital pen (although your finger will work) a case and a dock with a HDMI port.

It's powered by an Intel Atom Z540 processor, has 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, and packs Broadcom's Crystal HD accelerator to help with 1080p video playback.

On the front is a VGA camera for all your Skype needs, and on the back is a 3-megapixel camera as well.

There's no date set yet for release, but it'll hit the US first, priced at $799.



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