H-P: Our Slate Will Be Worth the Wait

On the heels of Apple’s (AAPL) ballyhooed iPad launch it was rival Hewlett-Packard’s (HPQ) turn to try generating interest in a non-traditional portable computer. The PC giant on Monday posted a video of its forthcoming slate device, apparently to make a case that the product is worth waiting for.

The gadget, which looks a lot like an iPad, has received a share of the tablet buzz since Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer brandished a prototype during a keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. H-P has been touting the product as an example of the company’s ability to innovate.

In February, for example, an H-P spokeswoman noted that H-P has “led in slates” having publicly discussed such products since 2002. One key difference between H-P’s slate and the iPad, of course, is that the iPad is available in stores around the country, while the Slate still isn’t for sale.

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