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HP Opens Next Chapter of Mobile Computing with Innovative Tablet PC

Versatile Compaq Tablet PC Adapts Mobile Technology to Suit Any Work Style
NEW YORK, Nov. 7, 2002
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HP (NYSE:HPQ) today is changing the landscape of mobile computing with the introduction of the Compaq Tablet PC TC1000, a versatile, full-function mobile PC that adapts to the way users work.

Wireless-enabled and highly portable, the tablet PC combines the power of digital inking technologies in the Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition operating system with a full-function PC. It allows users to work in ways that are comfortable, familiar and efficient without sacrificing the capabilities they have come to expect with conventional Windows® XP-based PCs.

When used as a tablet, the Compaq Tablet PC captures digital ink as it flows from an electronic pen onto the PC's screen, much like a person would use pen and paper. When typing is preferred, users can simply snap on a lightweight, removable keyboard and convert the Compaq Tablet PC into an ultra-portable notebook.

Combined with its innovative docking solution, a full-size keyboard and a monitor, the Compaq Tablet PC transforms into a full-function desktop PC. The flexible docking solution also allows users to place the Tablet PC in a natural, comfortable position to write on the screen while at a desk.

The docking solution provides customers the ability to use two display monitors at once, expanding the work space and increasing productivity by allowing users to view multiple applications on either an optional second monitor or the Tablet PC screen in portrait or landscape mode. The Compaq Tablet PC features "grab-and-go" functionality, allowing a customer to seamlessly transition from a desktop to mobile environment.

In assessing the Compaq Tablet PC, Accenture, one of the world's leading management consulting and technology services organizations, sees its potential as a tool to help remote workers.

"This Tablet PC is an exciting new option designed to empower mobile workers," said Accenture Partner Steve Mankoff. "Field service and other remote users can now take advantage of the standard, paper-sized screen and the selection of input alternatives, including pen, keyboard or voice. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition allows a wide array of connectivity alternatives, and when combined with the Compaq Tablet PC, should provide a platform for increased productivity and usability."

"We designed the Compaq Tablet PC to adapt to the way people work in today's fast-paced business environment," said Alex Gruzen, senior vice president and general manager of the Mobile Computing Global Business Unit, HP Personal Systems Group. "When it's time for a meeting, the customer can just grab the Tablet PC and go -- taking notes and doing email on a wireless network.

"When back at the desk, the Compaq Tablet PC uses an innovative docking system to transform into a full-featured desktop with monitor, mouse and full keyboard. When you need to travel, simply grab the attachable keyboard and go, our design allows customers to stay fully productive through their entire business day."

Because the tablet PC's innovative design provides greater flexibility, users can now more efficiently accomplish common business tasks such as taking handwritten notes in a meeting for later reference or conversion to text, annotating documents or presentations using digital ink, reading electronic magazines or books, or even discretely sending handwritten messages wirelessly during meetings.

The Compaq Tablet PC also can be used for specialized applications in fields such as healthcare, legal, manufacturing and field sales and service to help customers solve real-world problems.

"The Compaq Tablet PC TC1000 will be a great new option for physicians at the point of care. Its unique design will make it easier for physicians to use both at their desk with the attached keyboard and in the exam room with the keyboard removed," said Steven P. Schwartz, vice president of Strategic Alliances, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. "We especially like that customers who choose these devices will now be able to utilize the full resources of the solution in both places."

Measuring merely 0.8-inch thin and weighing only three pounds, the Compaq Tablet PC TC1000 delivers all the performance and features users expect to find in a full-function Windows XP Professional ultra-portable notebook. The tablet PC also includes: a Transmeta Crusoe TM5800 1.0-GHz processor that delivers an optimal combination of battery life and performance; a 10.4-inch TFT display featuring a wide viewing angle, hardened cover glass and NVIDIA GeForce2 Go 100 high resolution graphics; built-in 802.11b wireless LAN capabilities; up to 60 GB SMART hard drives; and USB 2.0 connectivity.

Additionally, the Compaq Tablet PC incorporates user-friendly features such as fully programmable launch buttons and a jog dial to enable users one-touch access to launch preset programs and navigate and scroll through applications. The Q menu allows for quick access to common functions such as display brightness, internal wireless control and video–to-projector controls. Available direct from HP and through authorized resellers, the Compaq Tablet PC TC1000 is priced starting at $1,699.(1) The Compaq Tablet PC, along with other personal systems innovations like the HP Media Center PC, will be demonstrated at the Comdex 2002 tradeshow in Las Vegas later this month. More information about Compaq Tablet PC TC1000 is available at http://www.compaq.com/tabletpc.

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HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP completed its merger transaction involving Compaq Computer Corporation on May 3, 2002. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.


(1) Based on estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.

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