News by Luke Jones on Monday September 29, 2014.
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Over the last 15 years, no company has sold more PCs than HP and the brand is still considered among the biggest computer manufacturers in the world. Like many PC vendors, HP missed the boat with mobile, but with its coverage, market cachet, funds, and technological nous, HP should be a force in smartphone and tablets. The simple truth is though that it isn't doing well in mobile and the reason is products like the new HP Slate 17.As the name suggests, this is a 17-inch tablet that runs the Android platform. It features an Intel Celeron N2807 Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, Beats Audio technology, Wi-Fi radio, while that big display can cope with just 1920 x 1080 (full HD) pixels. As part of the deal, you also get an HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, and Android 4.4 KitKat at the heart of the system. On top of that, HP says the Slate 17 is good for 5 hours of battery life and weighs just 5.4 pounds (not bad for a tablet of this size). Some are calling this a smart monitor, but considering its innards we are more inclined to calling it a fully-fledged tablet. You can find out for yourself when HP starts selling the Slate 17 during the next few weeks with a price tag of $479. I have a problem with this tablet though, and it is not that it's a poor product. In fact, HP does a decent job with its other smaller slates, but the company is making so many missed steps in the Android market that it is almost floundering. Instead of focusing on delivering quality products in popular form factors, HP seems to be chasing niches, obviously hoping for a defining trend setting product. The Slate 17 is probably a solid buy for the productivity minded, but then again they probably already have a tablet and a laptop that do the job for them. This is like the Slate 21, an all-in-one PC that happens to run Android; it is a nice idea, and a solid enough piece of kit, but ultimately is not a form factor people want, at least not running Android, which does not take kindly to screens of this size just yet.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.