HP's Windows 7-based Slate is dead and buried, right? That's what we thought too, but if the project is truly dead, HP didn't bury it very deep. Some astute grave diggers over at IDG News dug up what we used to know as the HP Slate and now dubbed "Slate 500."
Perhaps HP just hasn't gotten around to updating its website yet, but if you go here and scroll down, you'll see several HP Slate 500 models about halfway down the page (we counted eight different SKUs). And that isn't the only place the Slate 500 appears. Apparently the thing's been Energy Star certified (see here).
Falling in line with earlier speculation about the hardware, the Windows 7-based Slate 500 is listed as an 8.9-inch tablet sporting an Intel processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 1GB of system memory, and both a front-facing and rear-mounted camera.
We'll update this as we find out more, but if this was a Myth Busters episode, we'd have to label the chances of the Slate 500 and recently announced PalmPad co-existing as "plausible."