HP announced the Hp ElitePad 900, a new Windows 8 powered tablet aimed at business customers with Intel processors and support for pen input.
HP is no stranger to tablets, and while the company’s WebOS tablets failed to take off, there is a long history of WIndows tablets that the company may be able to leverage to attract businesses users to the new HP Windows 8 slate.
The HP ElitePad 900 is a 10.1-inch tablet with a 16:10 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 2 for added durability. The 1.5 pound tablet is 9.2mm thick. That’s slightly heavier and slightly thinner than the iPad 3rd Generation. The back of the tablet is made with aluminum.
Inside HP says the ElitePad uses the latest Intel mobile processors, but doesn’t offer specifics. With the Intel chips inside, we can expect a full version of Windows 8 with support for applications that require a standard Windows OS. While the iPad and Android tablets are attractive options for some businesses, HP hopes to cater to businesses that need a mobiel Windows environment.
The ElitePad includes a number of accessories to extend the usability of the tablet. There are no prices for the accessories.
- HP ElitePad Productivity Jacket — A keyboard case for the ElitePad 900 with an SD card reader and other ports.
- HP ElitePad Expansion Jacket — Adds USB, HDMI and additional connectivity options as well as an option to offer longer battery life.
- The HP ElitePad Rugged Case — Military grade protection from drops, dust and other damage.
- HP ElitePad Docking Station — Adds a keyboard and monitor as well as charges the tablet. Also capable of turning the tablet into a second screen for multitasking while in the office.
- HP Executive Tablet Pen — Perhaps one of the biggest selling points, the ability to use a pen that captures handwriting on the screen and converts it to typed text.
The HP ElitePad 900 also includes a rear facing 8MP camera and a front facing 1080P HD video camera. The tablet features an app to trim and orient photos of a whiteboard to quickly capture meeting notes. The tablet includes the option to print wirelessly to ePrint enabled printers and a wireless hotspot app for sharing an Internet connection.
HP includes support for BIOS protection, security management and drive encryption as well as other security features. The tablet is fully serviceable, so IT techs can gain access to the display panel, battery, motherboard and chassis.
The HP ElitePad is set to arrive in January, alongside competition such as the Microsoft Surface tablet, but no pricing is yet available.
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