HP Slate 8

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  1. Octavean

    Octavean Pen Pal - Newbie

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    New upcoming HP "Slate 8" is outlined here:

    Business-minded HP 'Slate 8' tablet surfaces in leaked image -- Engadget
     
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    Does anybody have any idea if a 10.1" screen is available from Wacom, n-Trig, or both?
     
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    dceggert Owner of a TabletPC Museum Senior Member

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    This would be N-trig unless Wacom has pulled a fast one recently. The 'optional pen' sounds very familiar.

    Just a quick note; if it is 16:9 ratio it is a non-starter for me. It will have to be 16:10 to even be considered by me but I doubt very much that it will be since the specs to support Win 8 are 16:9. So, another lost opportunity in my eyes.
     
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    I didn't know Windows 8 had a 16:9 ratio specified in its requirements. I thought it was a resolution limitation. Although, now, i'm not quite sure if they are talking about an ARM tablet or an x86 / x64 tablet,....

    HP will almost certainly have both ARM and x86 / x64 Windows 8 tablets,...

    I just thought the HP Slate 8 would replace the HP Slate 500, so that suggests x86 / x64,...
     
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    e-schreiber ƒ(x) / fashion Senior Member

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    Way to go with the numbering system, HP! Was Slate 3 too difficult? Joe Sixpack likes stuff that is easy to "follow". I guess it could be a lot worse....like HP SL8e. :) I believe consistence on naming schemes can help solidify a brand. Well, it's all a rumor so far, so let's see what their marketing department comes up with by the Holidays.

    Regarding the digitizer issue....Wouldn't a digitizer by N-trig be a lot more bearable if paired with a decent (or more co-operative) CPU/GPU? I mean, maybe the disappointment many of you have with N-trig comes from their digitizer been used with an excessively slow Atom processor. What if the Slate 8 came with the successor to the Atom N2600? Or better yet, the future i5 CPU that will be used in Ultrabooks? Could, in such case, an N-trig digitizer become substantially more responsive...? To the point of becoming an acceptable compromise to you guys? I have no experience with N-trig, so I'm just proposing this "what-if scenario" to get a better grasp on how likely you guys are to "tolerate" an N-trig digitizer if the tablet came at the size, weight and thinness you wanted.

    That mock-up looked nice.
     
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    My what-if scenario is what if it ran ARM undocked, and x64 docked?

    I realize they're different OS SKUs, but I see no reason why today's technology cannot support this. I mean, what a cool way of implementing Windows to Go.

    I'm not the wisest guy, but I've yet to come up with that reason why not.
     
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    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    I think not on the N-Trig. I've used a second generation N-Trig pen on a Dell XT-3 w/a Sandy Bridge I5-2520M cpu and HD3000 graphics. If it wasn't for the pen, I would probably own an XT-3, purchaseld at a deep discount from the Outlet. I actually like N-Trig's touch drivers but feel that the pen is a failed design. I have to admit that I have not tried cleaning the contacts as others have done. That might change my mind a bit, but I dislike the feel of the pen while writing and despise the tip clicks when taking notes, so much so, that I won't use it in a courtroom, which was my primary reason for getting a digitizer pen in the first place. Most importantly, I feel that N-Trig has failed to support its customers. Those of us who have 1st gen pens are told sorry, nothing we can do for you. I don't believe it and hear the manufacturer saying, simply, there is nothing we are going to do for you, buy an updated version. I think, short of a monumental change in corpotate attitude from N-Trig, I've purchased my last N-Trig device and suspect that I'm not alone.

    A more plausable scenario might be W8-Arm undocked and W8-pro x64 when docked.
     
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    e-schreiber ƒ(x) / fashion Senior Member

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    That would make the device incredibly versatile given that lots of people just need a browser and they would benefit from longer battery life. By the way, does the Slate 500/2 come with HP's QuickWeb OS? My TM2 came with it, but I've never used it.
     
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    e-schreiber ƒ(x) / fashion Senior Member

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    I think there's a resolution requirement, but not an aspect ration one. Not sure, though.

    I don't care for Win8, either, but I believe Win7 downgrade rights will be available for those with Win8 Pro licenses. Businesses aren't very impressed with the changes Redmong is cooking. And that would be a win-win situation for Microsoft as they would count any Win8 downgrade as a Win8 sale, anyway. That's what they did with Vista to re-assure the press and shareholders that the thing was selling like hotcakes. So, at the end, there's a small chance that some OEM will build something that will please you. ;)

    Interesting times ahead.
     
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