The entire web/tech/electronics industry is completely consumed with Apple’s shiny new iPad right now, but other computer manufacturers aren’t going to just stand by and let Apple take the tablet market all by itself. HP is probably the biggest threat, and new details of its Slate device have just leaked out. According to Engadget, as reported by Mashable:

“The base version of the HP Slate will retail for $549, which includes 32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM, a 1.6 GHz Atom processor and an 8.9-inch multitouch screen at 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. A 64 GB configuration will be available for $599.This pricing scheme puts HP s tablet device at a higher starting point than the iPad s $499 base configuration, but you d be shelling out that extra $50 for twice the storage (32 GB vs. 16) and arguably some other valuable features. Both versions will also include an SDHC card slot, USB port, two cameras (one external 3-megapixel and one front-facing VGA for videoconferencing usage), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, support for 1080p video playback, a dock connector for power, audio and HDMI out to your TV, and a SIM card slot for optional 3G connectivity. Both devices will also run Windows 7 Home Premium with a custom HP touch-optimized user interface. Battery life is reportedly five hours a cause for concern given that the iPad s battery lasts 10 hours.”

Speculation points to a June release date. In the meantime, check out the newest promotional video:

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