With all of the buzz about the new Apple iPad, the new HP Slate has been a little overlooked. This new device from Hewlett Packard will run Windows 7 and, of course, Adobe’s Flash. The video also captures the on-screen keyboard, showcases how the hardware-accelerated Flash speeds up performance, and also shows that AIR applications will also run on the Slate.
Little is offered from HP on the technology underneath the hood of this device, but it’s obvious that HP knows where it’s strengths lie: it’s not an Apple and it runs Flash and AIR. So despite its lackluster debut at Microsoft’s CES, where all the Slate could do was run the Kindle Windows app, the Slate is definitely aimed directly at the iPad-disappointment crowd, who epxected a little more from Apple’s first touch pad computer.
Here’s the commercial from HP showing the square-off between devices:
If that makes no sense to you, don’t worry. You’re not alone. I’ve seen Super Bowl ads that were more sensical than that.
Nonetheless, the marketing video and gadget-showcase from HP show that the tablet market is set to really heat up this year, with four contenders currently in the game. Fun!