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HP 'iPad Killer' Specs Leaked

Tech blog publishes internal documents that show hardware, software, and pricing details for Windows-powered slate PC.




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A popular tech blog has published what it says are detailed technical specifications for Hewlett-Packard's forthcoming tablet-style computer, which HP plans to put head-to-head against Apple's iPad.

HP's yet-to-be-named slate computer features a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, an 8.9-inch, multi-touch display, 32 or 64 GB of Flash storage, and 1 GB of DDR RAM, according to Engadget.

HP's slate also runs on Windows Home 7 Premium, includes a VGA Webcam, and an Intel UMA graphics chip that supports 1080p, high-definition video playback, the blog reported, citing internal HP documents.

The documents further revealed that HP's slate will be priced between $549 and $599 when it hits the market later this year. HP has not confirmed the documents' authenticity.

The leak follows Monday's official release of a brief video highlighting some of the features of HP's slate, which the company hopes will help the Windows computing market steal some thunder from Apple's iPad.

The 30-second video packs in a good bit of detail. It appears to show that HP's slate has a built-in video camera, USB ports, support for SD cards, music player software, and direct integration with social media and file-sharing sites like Facebook and Flickr.

Unlike the iPad, HP's slate will also support Adobe's Flash multimedia format. Meanwhile, HP is staying mum over other reports its slate computer will ship in the fall.

Numerous blogs, citing a report last month on the Spanish tech site Clipset.com, said HP's slate will debut in the U.S. in September. But a company spokesperson was quick to dismiss the stories as "speculative."

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