HP's refreshed the CPU and added a few new pieces of software to the HP Slate 500 formula, and dropped the price too for the this 8.9" Windows 7" slate tablet. It looks the same to my eye as the Slate 500, which is to say it's nice enough looking, and it weighs just 1.5 lbs. which is light for a Windows tablet. It's still Intel Atom inside, so don't expect it to do lots of heavy lifting.
Here's the info:
The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC comes with an Intel Atom Z670 processor with mSATA SSM technology to deliver faster boot times, improved battery life of up to six hours and increased performance for business customers. It also features an 8.9-inch diagonal capacitive multitouch display for touch and pen input plus includes a new Swype keyboard. The Swype applet enhances the touch experience with comfortable and efficient data entry via one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard.
Additional hardware and software enhancements to the HP Slate 2 Tablet PC's security and experience include a TPM Embedded Security Chip to protect data ranging from email to information on the hard drive. Other security upgrades include Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools, BIOS support for Computrace Pro and HP Connection Manager.
The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC comes with optional additional accessories and business solutions including the HP Retail Mobile Point of Sale (POS) Case, which features an integrated magnetic stripe reader and barcode scanner for retailers. The optional HP Slate Bluetooth(R) Keyboard and Case accessory is a new sleek, stylish executive-class carrying solution that bundles the HP Slate 2, a rechargeable Bluetooth keyboard, HP Slate Digital Pen, and ID, business, or credit cards inside a single case.
The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC starts at $699 and is expected to be available worldwide later this month.