HP's Slate 500 is closer in hardware specifications to Cisco's Cius business tablet, which was launched late last month. Cius has a 7-inch touchscreen, uses an Intel Atom processor and is designed to conduct multiparty videoconferencing with a front-facing camera and a rear-facing camera. The Slate 500 may be based on an Atom x86 processor with its capability to run Windows 7. The Slate's multiple cameras are designed for "web conferencing," according to HP's website.
Tablets could find a use in the enterprise, Spooner said. Beyond videoconferencing, they could be used on the road instead of laptops to take notes or write e-mails. They could also be used by field workers for tasks like recording inventory.
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