We caught the first glimpse of HP's forthcoming slate computer during Microsoft's CES keynote presentation where Steve Ballmer spent a good 45 seconds handling the device with a slick little teaser showing off it's touch capabilities.  Four months later and quite a bit has been discovered about what we can expect come release.  Despite it's rumored hardware, software, and pricing, HP's got quite the uphill battle against Apple's iPad.

Earlier this week, Engadget got their hands on what seems to be an internal document comparing the HP Slate to its formidable competitor, the iPad.  It looks like the HP Slate will house a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 32 or 64GB of flash storage, 1 GB RAM, single USB port, and not one but two cameras (one front-facing for video chat).  When it comes to hardware specs, it seems like the HP Slate would destroy the less powerful iPad.  Strangely enough, I don't think the iPad will flinch as HP's offering hits the market.


For starters, HP's slate will run Windows 7 along with a touch-optimized UI designed in-house.  Applications not skinned with HP's overlay will be frustrating to use without a stylus.  If I'm not mistaken, 1GB is the minimum RAM specification required for Windows 7, which will most likely end up with a less than stellar software performance.  The battery is estimated to run just over 5 hours, a number comparable to Fusion Garage's claim of a 5-hour run time with similar hardware.  Engadget found the JooJoo's actual battery life to be around half that, so I wouldn't be surprised if the HP Slate's 5-hour estimate to be under light usage.

In any case, the HP Slate has quite the battle ahead.  While there's certainly room for more tablet competitors, I'm not sure that HP's offering will threaten Apple in the least.  Only time will tell and at the very least, more competition is always a good thing.

What do you think?  Do you reckon HP's Slate will give the iPad a run for its money?  Will the iPad go unaffected by the HP Slate?  Your guess is as good as ours.  Leave it below.