HP Introduces Slate 2 for Business

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HP, the world’s No.1 PC maker, has announced a multitouch, multitasking tablet PC with embedded security, targeted at mobile business users. The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC was unveiled at Asia Rise 2011 in Phuket, Thailand recently, a Microsoft Industry User Group event, where HP demonstrated the Microsoft Dynamics CRM cloud solutions for Automotive, Social CRM for Banking and Social CRM for Telecommunications all on the new tablet.

The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC features an 8.9-inch (1024 x 600 resolution) diagonal capacitive multitouch display for touch and pen input and includes an new Swype keyboard. Android device users will be familiar with Swype – the innovative input technology widely available for Android (and now iOS). The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC comes with a single-core 1.5Ghz Intel® Atom Z670 processor with mSATA SSM technology to deliver faster boot times, improved battery life of up to six hours. Storage options include SSD-based storage of up to 64GB.


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Mobile uers will be chuffed to know that the Slate 2 comes with a front-facing VGA webcam for videoconferencing, and a 3MP rear camera still image and video capture. Audio enthusiasts will be glad that SRS Premium Sound comes as standard kit. The inclusion of a SD card slot allows for expanded storage and sharing capabilities. Two USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI port complete the expansion capabilities of the new Slate 2. WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 support comes as standard.

Additional hardware and software enhancements to the HP Slate 2 Tablet PC’s security and experience include:

  • A TPM Embedded Security Chip helps protects data – from email to information on the hard drive.
  • Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools provides user control and management of the TPM chip to increase secure user authentication, improved personal secure drive integrity, secure email and support protected digital certificate applications.
  • BIOS support for Computrace Pro(5) helps protect against data theft by allowing customers to remotely delete data at the file, directory or operating system level and keep confidential information more secure.
  • HP Connection Manager offers easy control over wireless connections, including Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth® and optional integrated 3G Mobile Broadband(6) for convenient internet and intranet access from more places around the world.

Users have a selection of Windows flavours to choose from – Windows 7 Professional (32-bit), Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit) or Windows Embedded Standard 7.

Specifications at a glance:

Operating systemGenuine Windows® 7 Professional 32
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 32
Windows® Embedded Standard 7
ProcessorIntel® Atom™ Z670 (1.50 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)
ChipsetIntel® System Controller Hub (SCH) SM35
Dimensions and weight
WeightStarting at 1.5 lb (Starting at 0.69 kg)
Dimensions (w x d x h)9.21 x 0.61 x 5.9 in (23.4 x 1.5 x 15 cm)
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Memory
Memory, maximum2 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
(Memory is on the board and not customer accessible or upgradeable; memory operates at the maximum system supported speed of 800 MHz.)
Storage
Internal driveSolid State Module
Up to: 64 GB
Optical driveExternal USB 2.0 CD/DVD R/RW (select models)
((Sold separately or purchased as an optional feature))
Graphics
Display8.9″ diagonal WSVGA wide-viewing angle touchscreen (1024 x 600 or 1024 x 768 for some applications)
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 600
Expansion features
Ports1 USB 2.0
1 combo stereo headphone/mic jack
1 integrated microphone
1 power connector/HP Slate Cradle connector
Slots1 Secure Digital
AudioHD Audio SRS Premium Sound; Integrated stereo speakers; Integrated microphone; Combo stereo headphone/microphone jack
Integrated cameraIntegrated 3 MP camera (outward facing); Integrated VGA webcam (inward facing)
KeyboardHP Wireless Entertainment Keyboard (select models)
Input devicesHP Slate Digital Pen (select models); HP 2.4 GHz Wireless Optical Mobile Mouse (select models)
Communications
WirelessIntegrated 802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 + HS combo
HP un2430 EV-DO/HSPA Mobile Broadband
Power and operating requirements
Energy efficiencyENERGY STAR® qualified configurations available
Power supply30W AC adapter
Battery  type2-cell (30 WHr) polymer
Battery lifeup to 7.5 hours
Operating temperature range10 to 35°C
Security management
Security managementStandard: TPM Embedded Security Chip 1.2
HP ProtectTools: Security Manager, Embedded Security, Computrace
What’s included
Software installedHP Slate Camera; EVERNOTE; HP Support Assistant; Swype virtual keyboard
WarrantyLimited 1-year warranty option available; 1-year limited warranty on primary battery.

The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC starts at around RM2,299 and will be Malaysia by mid-December 2011.

More information about the products, including product specifications and images, is available at www.hp.com/personal.

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HP Introduces Multitouch Slate Tablet PC for Business

MALAYSIA, Kuala Lumpur Nov. 29, 2011 – HP today announced the HP Slate 2 Tablet PC with expanded touch capabilities, enhanced multitasking performance and embedded security, providing added flexibility to mobile business users. The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC provides instant deployment for business and vertical markets such as automotive, telecommunications, banking, education, healthcare, government and retail, where jobs frequently take users away from a traditional desk.

The product was unveiled to audiences at Asia Rise 2011 in Phuket, Thailand — a Microsoft Industry User Group event that brings together the industry’s top decision makers and leading experts for an in-depth analysis on the emergence of Asia as a growth engine for the use of IT in business. HP demonstrated the Microsoft Dynamics CRM cloud solutions for Automotive, Social CRM for Banking and Social CRM for Telecommunications all on the new HP Slate 2.

The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC features cutting-edge applications designed to optimise performance in an instant-on enterprise. It can be tailored to business needs through specific applications to enhance the user experience for customers and employees.

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With a full-featured Microsoft Windows®(1) environment, the HP Slate 2 Tablet PC has a starting weight of 0.69-kg and provides professionals with the flexibility to create, edit and review content on a highly mobile and lightweight device.

The HP Slate 2 enables organisations to securely expose their existing Windows-based applications to a mobile platform and device. They also have the benefit of being able to develop their own mobile applications all while being confident that their current IT standards and security policies are being adhered to.

“HP is dedicated to the tablet PC category and continues to listen to customers and improve the product in ways that best address their business needs,” said Paul Donovan, VP and GM, Product Marketing of PSG, HP. “The HP Slate 2 includes the right mix of rich features, support for custom-built applications and the security needed for today’s highly mobile and rigorous day-to-day professional environment.”

Additional hardware and software enhancements to the HP Slate 2 Tablet PC’s security and experience include:

— A TPM Embedded Security Chip helps protects data – from email to information on the hard drive.

— Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools provides user control and management of the TPM chip to increase secure user authentication, improved personal secure drive integrity, secure email and support protected digital certificate applications.

— BIOS support for Computrace Pro(5) helps protect against data theft by allowing customers to remotely delete data at the file, directory or operating system level and keep confidential information more secure.

— Through a single user interface, HP Connection Manager offers easy control over wireless connections, including Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth® and optional integrated 3G Mobile Broadband(6) for convenient internet and intranet access from more places around the world.

For remote workers, a front-facing VGA webcam enables videoconferencing, and a 3-megapixel camera on the back allows for still image and video capture. SRS Premium Sound provides optimized audio settings for voice and multimedia applications and an SD card slot allows for expanded storage and sharing capabilities. The HP Slate Dock provides device connection via two USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI port.

Flexible HP Slate solutions for business
The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC comes with optional additional accessories and business solutions including the HP Slate Bluetooth® Keyboard and Case accessory. The new sleek, stylish executive-class carrying solution bundles the HP Slate 2, a rechargeable Bluetooth keyboard, HP Slate Digital Pen, and ID, business, or credit cards inside a single folio.

Pricing and availability(10)
— The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC starts at around RM2,299 and is expected to be available in Malaysia by mid-December 2011.

More information about the products, including product specifications and images, is available at www.hp.com/personal.
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