HP comes up with Slate 2 to surprise the market

Hewlett-Packard Co introduced its Slate 2 Tablet PC, a business-targeted tablet computer running Windowsoperating system.

Looking like the previous version, Slate 2, featuring an 8.9-inch screen, is upgraded with Intel Atom Z670 processor to deliver faster boot times and improved battery life up to six hours, said HP.

It also has a Bluetooth keyboard dock and Swype keyboard which allows users to enter words by sliding a finger or stylus from letter to letter, lifting only between words, reported Xinhua.

The device will be available to customers worldwide for $699 later this month, according to HP.

Slate 500, Slate 2’s previous generation running Windows, was introduced last October and sold exclusively to businesses for $800 upon launch.

HP said in a statement that the Slate 2 tablet provides instant deployment for business and vertical markets such as education, healthcare, government and retail, where jobs frequently take users away from a traditional desk.

The company Thursday also announced HP 3115m, a new notebook PC targeting business, education and government customers. The notebook will be available in the Americas only next Friday with prices staring at $429.

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