HP announces HP Slate 2

Hewlett-Packard has just released its next tablet, the Slate 2.

The Slate 2 is actually a follow-up to HP’s Slate 500, which launched more than a year ago at a price of $US800, running Windows 7 and marketed to businesses and not consumers.

The Slate 2, again, isn’t a consumer tablet and is designed for business use and weighs in at 1.5 pounds

HP says that tablet is designed “for business and vertical markets such as education, healthcare, government and retail, where jobs frequently take users away from a traditional desk.”

It probably wont be available at your local Best Buy.

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HP has opted to include an Intel Atom Z670 1.5GHz processor with mSATA SSM tech to deliver fast boot up times. HP is promising up to six hours of battery life.

A VGA camera is built into the front of the Slate 2 while a 3-megapixel camera is on the back and the tablet has 2 gigabytes of RAM, a hard drive of up to 64 gigabytes and one USB port – the same as the Slate 500’s setup.

We don’t know when HP will create a Windows 8 tablet but all indications point to sometime next year with all the other OEMs during the 2012 great Windows 8 OEM rush.