HP’s Phil McKinney Discusses the HP Slate


HP Slate Discussion Video

The following video gives potential buyers a closer look at the upcoming HP Slate and the thinking behind it. HP’s CTO, Phil McKinney, states that 2010 is providing the “perfect storm of innovation” for such a product to be introduced to market. In particular, McKinney is referring to the current costs associated with producing such a product as well as the availability of a touch-capable OS like Windows 7. However, while McKinney was explaining this in the video all I could think of was: Why not introduce this product with the same touch UI currently loaded on its HP TouchSmart PCs? In fact, HP, with their TouchSmart UI, could have released this product last year — if they were really on top of things — and blown everyone away. Personally, not having a custom tablet friendly UI is what I think is the problem with most of the Internet Tablets showcased recently at CES — including Android based ones and possibly even the upcoming Apple Tablet, which so far is sounding like it’s just going to be a larger version of the iPod/iPhone with scalable apps. As a side note… it seems like McKinney must have read this press release when he refers to the tablet size consumers are interested in (or not?).

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