HP announces 6 week delay for Slate 500

It's good news for the company but not for anyone waiting for their device

At last some good news for a tablet that isn’t the iPad, as HP has revealed that demand for its Slate 500 device has exceeded expectations. According to Engadget an original run of 5,000 units for the tablet was planned but due to excessive demand totalling 9,000 orders, workers have had to been rehired to man the production lines and catch-up with the orders placed.

Unfortunately for the consumers this means that if you’ve ordered one and its been delayed, or if you were thinking of ordering one, it seems unlikely the device will be arriving in time to put under the Christmas tree.

A discount of $100 has been offered to angry customers but this will surely be a small price to pay for almost the double the interest in the device than expected. HP’s website now displays the following message:

“Due to extraordinary demand, the HP slate is on backorder. Orders are expected to ship in 6 weeks. Order now to reserve your place in the queue.”

The interest in the Slate 500 is not that surprising considering the impressive list of internal specs that it boasts: 1.86GHz processor, 8.9″ touchscreen, 2GB DDR2 RAM and a 64GB solid state hard drive. There’s also a VGA front-facing webcam and an rear 3mp camera.

At $799 it is competitively priced with the iPad for the hardware it contains. This might have been a good victory for Android but it’s success is even more interesting as the HP Slate 500 runs Windows 7 Professional 32 bit.

It’s better news for HP’s tablet than Toshiba’s Folio 100 which has been taken off of shelves in the UK this week as reports of numerous faults came flooding in leading many devices to be returned. The HP Slate 500 has received generally positive reviews on its product page with only a few naysayers claiming it doesn’t compete with the iPad.

For anyone looking for an alternative to the iPad which is bigger than the Galaxy Tab this seems like the most viable option. If Windows 7 doesn’t appeal as a tablet platform HP is working on a web OS tablet which looks set to be released sometime next year.

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