PC Makers Ready iPad Rivals

Computer makers are developing strategies and devices to challenge Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPad, hoping to capitalize on new interest in a category of gadgets that was moribund until recently.

In the next few weeks, executives from Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) will meet in the U.S. and Taiwan to tweak prices and features on an upcoming keyboardless computer dubbed the Slate, said two people familiar with the matter.

H-P has discussed selling a version of the Slate–similar to the iPad in size and features, and including a cellular connection–for a price below the $629 Apple charges for an equivalent iPad, one of these people said.

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