By Sudarshana Banerjee

Just when you thought HP was finally killing its tablets, the company goes ahead and launches the HP Slate 2 Tablet PC – a slightly better, slightly revamped Touchpad, at a slightly better price – for business users.

The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC features an 8.9-inch diagonal capacitive multitouch display for touch and pen input plus includes a new Swype keyboard (The Swype applet allows data entry via one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard). These tablets come with Intel Atom Z670 processor, and have a battery life of some  six hours. There is also a front-facing VGA webcam, and a 3-megapixel camera on the back, besides a  SD card slot and two USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI port.

Optional accessories and business solutions include an integrated magnetic stripe reader and barcode scanner for retailers.

Dan Forlenza  (Vice president and general manager, Commercial Managed IT Segment, HP): HP is dedicated to the tablet PC category.

The HP Slate 2 Tablet PC starts at $699 and is expected to be available worldwide later this month. HP is also launching a new notebook PC, the the HP 3115m targeting business, education and government customers.

(Sudarshana Banerjee is consulting editor with She can be reached at [email protected])