Everyone is super excited about the new Apple iPad and Steve Jobs couldn’t be happier. At the same time, this is going to open up a whole new market for competitors and it seems like the HP Slate could be a real contender. If you look at the spec sheets recently released, it beats the iPad in several areas.
Sure, the HP Slate hasn’t quite the market yet and the iPad has, but this list of features really seems to put the iPad in its place. For starters, the Slate gets a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Menlow Z530 processor, which should be peppier than the 1GHz Apple A4 processor in the iPad.
Continuing with the HP Slate’s advantages, we find 1080p video support, a multi-card reader with support up to 128GB, a USB 2.0 port, a dock connector for HDMI, a conventional SIM tray, and dual cameras. There’s the front-facing VGA webcam for video calls and a rear-facing 3MP camera for snapshots. The Slate is also slated to be cheaper.
The iPad has some advantages too, like the inclusion of 802.11n Wi-Fi (the Slate only goes up to 802.11g) and the screen resolution is a little bigger on the iPad (1024×768) than on the Slate (1024×600), but that’s partly because of the aspect ratio.
Yes, this is a simple “on paper” comparison and we’ve seen similar charts prepared for devices like the iPhone, so it’s not necessarily representative of how well the HP Slate will actually sell compared to the iPad. Nonetheless, it still provides good food for thought.