HP's Slate Device Runs The Complete Internet -- Including Flash!

We gave everyone a peek at HP’s slate device during CES 2010 and people got excited. Last month, we let you see a little more about what our slate can do – and you guys lit up the Internet with comments.
Well, we’re listening – and want to give you a little more insight. So, here’s what I can tell you for now without getting into too much trouble with my boss:


With this slate product, you’re getting a full Web browsing experience in the palm of your hand. No watered-down Internet, no sacrifices. We just posted a quick video showing some more of what that’s like as well as how the slate device will work as an eBook reader. Enjoy the short clip (and the techno soundtrack).




But that brings us to something bati555 and others asked on Youtube: “Does this thing have flash support?”
A big bonus for the slate product is that, being based off Windows 7, it offers full Adobe support.

To demonstrate that, here’s a second video with Adobe’s Alan Tam. He shows Adobe Air and Flash in action on the device: Video playback from MTV.com; A Spongebob Squarepants game (most casual games on the Web run in Flash); photo editing at Photoshop.com and reading the digital version of the New York Times.




pcfix411 asked us to “keep these coming into YouTube.” Ok, we will! In the mean time, sign up for updates on hp.com/slate. Or go on Twitter, YouTube, and our forums. Let us know what you think and what you’d do if you had a slate.
Oh, and our friends at the FCC want us to let you know that this device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission.  This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.

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by Pezzer75
on ‎04-06-2010 03:52 PM

I just on a rumor site about the leaked info, If what was reported was true, Then I very well may pick one of these up. One spec is holding me back though. 1GB of nonupgradeable Ram. Most computers these days are shipping with 3 or more. The exception being netbooks, also running atom processor, But the majority have the ability to be upgraded to 2 GB. Which, Working in a retail electronics store, I recommend to all my customers getting a netbook. Windows 7 is just so much happier with 2 GB.

Please Please Please with sugar on top consider shipping these with 2 GB of ram. It will make a world of difference in performance and make me not only offer it more to my customers, but to pick up one or two for myself and family.

by BlueSmartie
on ‎04-06-2010 04:12 PM

I have to say I'm getting pretty excited about the Slate. I'm going to be looking at getting something like this later in the year.


I'd like to know, with the Slate running Windows 7, does that also mean it will run applications such as Microsoft Office and MSN Messenger without any trouble? If and when I buy a slate I'll want to be able to view and edit word documents and spreadsheets, but without the inconvenience of having to find somewhere flat to put a laptop or rest it on my lap. I want something I can just carry around and use whenever I like, like my mobile phone.


I'd also like to make sure that I won't be constrained to the browser packed with it. I'm a Chrome user, so I'd like to be able to have it on the Slate as well as my PC and sync everything up nicely.


In short, it want to be able to stick whatever software I need on it and have it run like it does on my PC, but with the added portability.


I've also read that it will have pen support, does this also mean it will have handwriting recognition for text input like a tablet PC?



by awpoopy
on ‎04-06-2010 04:30 PM

Looking forward to buying one with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed. Will not even consider buying one with any version of windows.

by viktoria
on ‎04-06-2010 06:14 PM

Looks like an interesting product.  Ipad definitely got my interest, but it has weaknesses as you know.  I have the ability to be an early adopter but have been burned before... sitting on the sidelines to find out the major issues with both products. if however yours works like is says it does, you have my business, not the ipad.

- soccer mom.


by chris
on ‎04-06-2010 07:58 PM

The only things the iPad has over the Slate in my opinion are the following:


Battery Life:

  If you are going to make a device that users can carry around with them everywhere they go, it better have more battery life than a laptop.  Honestly, is 5 hours acceptable? Not for me...



   Again, from a mobile device standpoint, I am not going to carry around a keyboard with me.  I need a virtual keyboard that I can use.  This means that I should be able to type at a reasonable speed using BOTH hands, not one finger.  Provide the user with (approximately) normal sized keys!  The virtual keyboard shown in the videos is TINY.  Sure, you can resize the keyboard, but how hard is it to allow the virtual keyboard to be docked at the bottom of the screen and be semi-transparent?  Doing this would provide larger key sizes while still allowing users to read what is under the keyboard... Is this really that hard?


Improve these two things, and the Slate wins, hands down...

by Hubertus Renyaan
on ‎04-06-2010 09:47 PM

Nice device, its like a smaller version of HP Compaq TC1100 in slate mode. I'm gonna get one

by R3dN3X0r
on ‎04-07-2010 05:32 AM
I probally will buy this to replace my old laptop. This will do everything I need it to and still be portable. Great product! I can't wait! I do have four concerns for this product: 1. The Competition has a smudge-resistant screen. Will there be such a screen on this device? 2. IEEE finally approved 802.11n. Even though the focus seems to be on 3G, the N standard will be used by many people while in their homes. Will N be included on the WLAN card? 3. My Windows phone has a good UI that allows me to select icons to run applications like the Competition. Will there be something similar, or will it look a lot like Windows 7 for any other computer? 4. Will this unit be able to receive RAM upgrades easily?
by Dude
on ‎04-07-2010 11:13 AM

Looks pretty cool. I'm not so sure about the keyboard. The iPad keyboard is pretty easy to type on, so I hope HP does something similar so that I can enter text in quickly.

by Kealan
on ‎04-07-2010 02:10 PM

Looks great, but how will it perform in sunlight, or other bright lights? HP is known for their glossy screens, and they are quite impossible to see in sunlight.Will you be switching to a matte screen for this, perhaps? It would make fingerprints less of a problem as well.

by asaaaa
on ‎04-07-2010 10:06 PM

smaller screen and lower battery life vs ipad Smiley Sad


not gonna buy

by Jay Elliott
on ‎04-07-2010 10:59 PM

Regarding inclusion of 3G, look at Verizon's MyFi, a little box that gives you the ability to create a Wi-Fi hotspot anywhere a cell signal can be received, and 5 devices can connect to this Wi-Fi access point.  No need to build in the 3G capability -- a tablet with Wi-Fi is all that is needed when you have the MyFi.  I know someone who uses the MyFi in his home for all Internet usage and has no issue with speed.  He does have it in the same room, so I don't know anything about the range or interference from walls.  But for a Slate, driving along in the countryside, with a MyFi in the car, you have the world.

by Jasper43
on ‎04-12-2010 08:39 AM

Will the Slate have a stylus and be able to write freehand as can be done on a current tablet PC? Even the lightest current generation of tablets are far to heavy to walk around and take notes with, the touch screen keyboard is nice but not the right always the best format for note taking.

by scottjbrownlee
on ‎04-14-2010 07:21 PM

Just thought you might be interested in the multi-touch optimization we've enabled for middlespot.com, a webapp for collecting and sharing.  I've included a video on youtube of it in action.


We are just 3 guys hacking this stuff together in our part time, but we definitely think most webapps out there will have to rethink the UI based on the general acceptance of multitouch input lead.  If we could get our hands on a slate, I think middlespot would work very, very well.

Scott Brownlee

by Zombiegeek
on ‎04-15-2010 02:37 PM

You had me at "Flash Player."

by Matty
on ‎04-15-2010 06:50 PM

Please make the power connector include audio. I am hoping for a device to take everywhere including docking in my car and run some speech recognition software or have programmable gesture based app to control basic functions like Audio, NAV, Phone (via bluetooth) etc.

by TrevorForemore
on ‎04-16-2010 12:03 PM

Nice to see someone thinking that a regular OS on a tablet actually will work. what where the others thinking? also I wouldn't mind playing starcraft II on this bad boy....I don't care if its not extremely great graphics, just something playable and not glitchy. just sittng back on my favorite couch and playing some games, reading the news, fallowing my friends posts, and having a way to control my home machine playing my favorite music through some speakers..wait why not bring it outside and watch a movie?  Think of the ideas for school...all you heavy books centeralized to one device, turn in your homework whenever. and what about video conferencing? work just become that much closer to you.  I mean there are so many possibilities. Of course the others can do most of this but I just like the idea of having a complete OS instead of a "almost there" OS that can do "most funcitons" through "apps created just spacificly to the device" that you pay for each additional app....sounds great for companies to make money but what about the freedom?

by Michael Esp9
on ‎04-18-2010 08:36 AM

iPad vs HP Slate


Why I will wait to see if the Slate will do the job.


First the iPad is just and only a large iPod, same operating system, locked into using Apples song and movie formats, etc. If you have an iPhone or iPod and want a larger device to use your existing apps, A+ the iPad is a great device.


But, if your like me. I run all kinds of personal and bsuiness apps that run on windows (and will not run on a iPad), I have a large Divx movie collection that I don't want to convert to Apples format, I have MP3 files I don't want to convert either, and I would like to be able to plug in and use USB devices like an external drive or keybord, etc. the HP Slate is the clear choice.


The Big questions are: 


Will the HP Slate Overheat and Crash Often?

Will the HP run Touch Apps effortlessly and not require multiple touchs to get an action?

Will the HP Slate have a low output wireless signal maing it hard to connect to wireless networks?

Will it have the same problem as the iPad where it is not releasing its leased IP when it should?

Will they make it so I can replace my own battery (I heard not, that's a draw back for both the Slate and iPad)?

Will the screen be finger print resistant (one of the biggest issues with selling the new tablets)?

Will they push and team up with phone carriers and the new 4G, which will finally make streaming TV feasible, tests can be done in some cities right now with 4G?

Will HP make their products availble in companies like Best Buy so people can side by side test them in the same place?

Will HP ship by July 2010?




Michael ESP Labs

Los Angeles, CA




by Mari Ann Lisenbe
on ‎04-21-2010 01:33 AM

That is a great device!


Most sites nowadays are too flashy!


Great Piece!

Burn Bell Fat

by StillHoping
on ‎04-30-2010 08:44 AM

I am still interested in a tablet that runs Windows 7.  I am willing to exchange some speed for versatility, depth, and portability.  I still use HP's TC1000 and TC1100 tablets and would love to have a HP Slate which seems to be an updated and improved version of those previous computers.  I hope HP continues to work with the tablet/slate format and Windows OS so that I can both enjoy the consumer aspects of the device and manage my Windows domain with it.

by Mohammed Arabiat
on ‎05-02-2010 07:21 AM

The most concern that I have right now, is the look, hardware AND software, the hardware part looks great but the UI doesn't seem very animated I seen the touchsmart 600 videos and the animation is great. I wish you could implement that into the Slate, I don't think hardware should be a problem, as an iPad  can have a very fun and animated UI on a 1Ghz  mobile processor I think an Intel Atom could do it with 1.6Ghz.

And thanks

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