According to DigiTimes, it just might. The theory is that sense the iPad is not really a netbook replacement, it hasn’t had much effect on netbook sales. However, the HP Slate is capable of Windows 7 and anything else that netbooks can do, so it may very well be able to knock a chunk out of netbook sales.
In truth, though, the DigiTimes news story reads more like a blatant bash against the HP slate.
Although the HP Slate is guaranteed to support Adobe Flash and is equipped with user friendly features such as a webcam and USB port, the sources noted that the HP Slate’s hardware and software combination is not expected to provide an experience equivalent to that of the iPad.
Which begs the question – who is actually going to buy an HP Slate? My personal prediction is that the HP Slate won’t hurt netbook sales at all. HP will cease production of the damn thing six months after the Slate is introduced because no one is buying them. Anyone care to take that bet?