So back in July, we got a sneak peek of a large (and unannounced) tablet PC from HP, the Slate 17. Well, the company seems semi-ready to release it as it has made appearances in the HP website. So what is it? In case you missed the first report and if you’re curious about this all-in-one, then read on!
HP Slate 17 – The all-in-one Android desktop/tablet PC
Well, like all all-in-one devices, the Slate 17 can pretty much do everything. You can use it as a large tablet or as a desktop PC. As the name suggests, this baby has a 17-inch screen. According to HP’s site, it’s equipped with a full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution panel. As the benchmark indicated, the said unit will feature an Intel Celeron N2807 x86 quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of built-in storage.
Our source filled in the rest of the features – the Slate 17 will reportedly have an HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, a memory card reader, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, along with a 720p webcam. It even has Beats Audio, if you’re into that kind of thing.
It weighs a pretty much expected 5.4 pounds (around 2.4 kg), but at least you can carry it from room to room without having to worry about wall sockets for 5 hours. Software-wise, this all-in-one will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat.
So how does this go from one mode to another? With two kickstands. The smaller one allows you to prop it up ever so slightly, so the top part is slightly raised when the unit is laid on a table. The bigger kickstand props it up fully into a desktop display. Watch it in action below:
Pricing and availability
So how much is the HP Slate 17? Sources say it will be sporting a US $450 price tag once it hits the shelves. We’re not sure when exactly, but we will let you know once HP divulges that bit of info.
So, what do you think? The Slate 17 is considerably cheaper than its bigger brothers (the Slate 21 and 21 Pro), and while it isn’t terribly portable like, say, the Slate 8 Pro, it does offer a lot more screen real estate than the other members of the Slate line.