There was much speculation close to CES if there were an exciting slate to be shown.
Only very little info has been revealed:
Those three devices would be “portable as a phone, powerful as a PC, perfect for reading, surfing and taking entertainment on the go.”
About the HP slate:
It is a prototype. “It is coming this year.” Has touch (finger input) and “full colour”, OS is Windows 7.
Not a lot info, no specs (screen looked like 7 inch), no code name, no battery life info. Ballmer opened some book pages (Amazon Kindle PC software), started a local video, the screen auto rotated.
Comment: As the upcoming Apple media device is close to be released this is a pretty lame presentation and in no way stealing attention. Well, the announcement of Project Natal for Holidays 2010 is the real big news of Microsoft’s CES keynote.
3. HP has a 17 seconds teaser on YouTube with typical user scenarios (browse through fotos, e-reading, multi touch capabilities):
4. YouToube account hpcomputers has an 4 min video with HP CTO Phil McKinney in which he says HP would have „some big announcements around slates“ with 7 to 10 inch slate devices (at around 35 seconds) – I hope he doesn’t mean Steve Ballmer’s keynote:
5. As you may have realized, there was no further “major announcement”. Regarding the HP slate, Tim Conneally reports for Betanews:
The “top secret HP tablet which Microsoft told me was flown in just hours before the event and flown right back out again.”