The PC maker offered users an early peek peek at the HP Slate device early this year at the CES 2010 event. Since then the firm has released short blog updates about HP Slate and posted videos about it on YouTube.
The tablet, based on 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, has an 8.9-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive multi-touch display, according to Engadget. Both models have a five-hour battery, and an SDHC slot, a USB port, a SIM card slot for the optional 3G modem, and a dock connector.
Dan Olds, an analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group, said HP's device looks to be a strong machine, but will have strong competition out of the box as the iPad hype is likely to continue.
"On the face of it, HP's Slate might be a better machine for people who aren't already fully vested in the Apple ecosystem," said Olds. "HP's device runs Windows 7, so it can run software that people already know and have. It looks like it can multi-task -- something the iPad can't do -- and it has the ability to easily connect to other devices like printers and cameras, another place where the iPad comes up short."
Rob Enderle, an analyst with the Enderle Group, said the HP tablet is an attractive device, but falls short when it comes to battery life. The HP Slate can reportedly run up to 5 hours on battery power, while the iPad can get 10 hours to 11 hours. Such an advantage wouldn't bode well for a device that is already far behind on the hype meter.