As you may recall, the most interesting, possibly the only interesting thing Microsoft showed off on stage at the CES 2010 keynote was the HP Slate prototype. The HP Slate was said to be released by mid 2010, and would use the full WIndows 7 to combat what was then the theoretical iPad. Now, just a few days after HP buys up Palm, it looks like the Slate may be dead.
According to TechCrunch, HP is killing the Slate because it is unhappy with the performance of the device. More specifically, HP is not satisfied with Windows 7 as a tablet OS despite, or perhaps because of the full features it supports. Along with the OS, HP could be leaving behind the netbook-esque specs including the Intel Atom as it is simply too power hungry for a long lasting tablet device.
In a way this announcement makes sense. Having a desktop OS on a tablet only seems to work when the tablet is a convertible laptop, and then it is still only few select customers. This makes HP’s acquisition of Palm all the more interesting. HP does seem quite interested in WebOS as a platform, and who’s to say it wouldn’t work well on a tablet of some sort. The iPad has proven that scaled-up mobile OSes work well on tablets, and we’re seeing a ton of Android based tablets coming our way soon. If HP could possibly bring WebOS to a tablet and get some more apps, it may well prove to be a worthwhile device.