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HP-Microsoft, with Slate a challenge to the future of Apple

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It's called Slate and made by HP: the tablet computer with multi-touch functionality that Steve Ballmer presented to the world during his CES opening keynote. There is very little information available about HP's Slate: Ballmer showed it to the public for a few moments while Amazon's Kindle application for PC was running on the screen. The Microsoft CEO said that public interest in this type of strong device: "This small, big PC – which will be available later this year – I think many customers will be very excited about it."

For functionality and positioning, the new HP tablet is halfway between netbooks and smartphones, perhaps aiming to grab a slice of the market created by digital ebook readers in the wake of the Kindle. The hardware specifications have not been communicated: the HP Slate Tablet works with Windows 7 and it is assumed that an Intel processor has been integrated inside. Not even the exact date of commercialization has been announced, only that HP Slate will arrive later in 2010.

With the presentation of HP Slate, the war of the new multit-touch tablets seems to have really begun. For now played to the sound of rumors and partial leaks by Cupertino, HP's Slate has been shown to the public but not yet known when it will arrive. The future Apple Tablet has been talked about since August: its presentation at the end of January seems almost certain and the commercial launch in March is possible. For the moment the war of the new virtual tablets only has all the credentials to manifest itself as one of the most interesting clashes in the IT world after the advent of the iPhone and the consequent rebirth of smartphones.

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