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  • Has Interest in HP Slate Flatlined?

    Somebody has been exaggerating. And it appears to be the folks at HP.

    Following the January 27th introduction of the iPad this year, rumblings were soon detected about the forthcoming HP Slate and the mega expectations that both HP and its fan base supposedly had for the rival tablet. But as reports surfaced Monday morning from leaked internal data, the information collected indicates that HP planned to build an initial run of just 5,000 tablets.

    By comparison, better than 45,000 iPads were sold each and every day during the previous quarter. HP's plan to only roll 5,000 Slates off the assembly line doesn't suggest that there was nearly as much internal confidence in the product as publicly advertised. Fortunately for HP, however, consumer demand was greater than "expected" and 9,000 orders were received (but still nothing to write home about).

    So if you didn't know about the alleged initial tiny batch of HP Slates, you might be deceived into thinking that the current message posted on HP's website (that the HP Slate 500 is on back-order and won't ship for another six weeks) suggests powerful consumer demand for a bountiful new product. In reality, if all morsels of information are accurate, HP finds itself in a situation where consumer demand for the HP Slate 500 is only slightly less dismal than the expectations maintained by HP itself.

    The HP Slate 500 retails for $800, but individuals who now find themselves on the six week short list waiting for HP to build 4000 more Slate are reportedly being offered a $100 discount on their purchase.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Has Interest in HP Slate Flatlined? started by Michael Essany View original post
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    1. elite_jounin's Avatar
      elite_jounin -
      Quote Originally Posted by MMSiphone View Post
      This article proves Apple fanboys can spin anything into a story about how Apple is great and all other companies are failing. Pathetic.
      It's funny, though I do like apple products, I cant help but agree with your statement.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      You guys think Apple fan boys are bad? Read the people defending the Slate in the reviews section. Wow. The forgot to mention that when you actually do use the "full OS" and "full web with Flash" the 5 Hours of battery life gets cut in half! If you have to charge up your portable device every 2-3 hours it's not very portable.

      HP Slate 500 Tablet PC specifications - HP Small & Medium Business products
      Thank you, someone realizes how useless a full OS is on a tablet is completely useless, it does nothing but cut down the battery life and kills the portability of a tablet!

      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Don't get me wrong guys. I'm all about a full OS tablet.. but the technology just isn't quite there yet for a good user experience. W7 is not optimized for touch, the second you boost the processor you squander the battery life... and consequently have a horriblly laggy touch screen experience. Either battery technology is going to have to progress or the tablet is going to have to be twice as thick to get decent life with decent dual core processor.
      Another good point, battery tech. just isn't up to the specs it has to be in order to run a full OS