HP has just announced a slew of business tablets in both Android and Windows flavors. From the really big 12" HP Pro Slate 12 running Android to the rugged ElitePad 1000 G2 with a 2D barcode scanner running Windows on an Intel Atom CPU. Then there's the HP Elite x2 1101 G1 2-in-1 convertible with an 11.6" display and optional (yay!) Wacom pen. The Android tablets surprisingly run on the Snapdragon 800 rather than 801 or 805, but they do feature Gorilla Glass 4--the latest iteration of that super hard glass. And there's the Duet Pen for the Android Slate models, where you write on paper (ahem) and it appears on the tablet.
Here's the new goods for you business types:
HP Pro Slate 8 and HP Pro Slate 12 Android Tablets
Available in 8-inch or 12-inch diagonal displays respectively, the tablets are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series processor, and support a 4:3 aspect ratio to easily view business documents and access business applications. Less than 8 mm thin, these lightweight tablets offer powerful computing and business-day battery life with enterprise-grade security and manageability. Both devices are designed with business productivity in mind featuring a wide range of accessories enabled by HP's Zero Force connector. HP Pro Slate 8 is one of the first tablets to market using Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Corning's toughest cover glass to date.
HP Duet Pen is the first to use Qualcomm Snapdragon digital pen technology on both a tablet and regular paper, is included with the HP Pro Slate 8 and HP Pro Slate 12. The pen is part of the HP's Blended Reality Ecosystem, helping employees be more productive and create easily shareable content by writing and digitizing input from the device's screen or via a regular sheet of paper using the HP Paper Folio.
HP Pro Slate 12 specs:
Android 4.4, KitKat
2 GB 800 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
12.3" diagonal with Corning CT-40 FIT Glass and anti-smudge coating, 10 point
DTS Sound+; Front-facing stereo speakers; 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo jack; 2 integrated audio microphones (5 additional for ultrasonic pen)
802.11a/b/g/n/ac with antenna diversity (Miracast-enabled); Bluetooth(R) 4.0 + LE
1 microSD; 1 nano SIM; ZIF connector with pogo pins (Supports microSD cards up to 32 GB)
1 micro USB 2.0; 1 3.5 mm stereo headset/headphone/microphone jack
(Micro USB 2.0 port supports SlimPort adapter, sold separately, providing HDMI content at up to 1080p resolution)
2 MP FHD video recording, low light-capable front-facing; 8 MP FHD video auto-focus, HDR low light capable rear-facing
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
A lightweight, stylish, 11.6-inch diagonal 2-in-1 Windows device running Windows 8 Pro easily transforms from a tablet to a laptop with Ultrabook configurations available. Tested to military specs for durability, the Elite x2 adapts to personal work preferences with an ecosystem of optional accessories that includes an industry-first WiGig enterprise wireless dock based on a joint collaboration with Intel, along with a cover, a lightweight travel keyboard and an optional Wacom pen.
Intel Core M-5Y71 with Intel HD Graphics 5300 (1.2 GHz, up to 2.9 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 4 MB cache, 2 cores); Intel Core M-5Y51 with Intel HD Graphics 5300 (1.1 GHz, up to 2.6 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 4 MB cache, 2 cores); Inte Core M-5Y10c with Intel HD Graphics 5300 (800 MHz, up to 2 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM- On-board memory (4 GB or 8 GB module)
128GB up to 512GB M.2 SSD 180GB up to2 56GB M.2 SESSD
11.6" diagonal HD BrightView IPS eDP ultra-slim LED-backlit touch screen (1366 x 768); 11.6" diagonal FHD BrightView IPS eDP ultra-slim LED-backlit touch screen (1920 x 1080)
DTS Studio Sound; Dual speakers (front facing); Dual microphone array with echo cancellation, noise suppression; Headphone line-out and microphone-in (combo);
HP hs3110 HSPA+ Mobile Broadband; HP lt4211 LTE/EV-DO/HSPA+ Qualcomm(R) Gobi 4G Mobile Broadband; Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 Combo; Intel Dual Band Wireless-AN 7265 802.11a/b/g/n (2x2) and Bluetooth 4.0 Combo; Intel Tri Band Wireless-AC 17265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) and Bluetooth 4.0 + WiGig Combo
HP Elitepad Ethernet Cable (optional)
2 MP FHD 1080p front-facing webcam; 5 MP FHD 1080p rear-facing
HP Pro Tablet 408 G1
An affordable, 9 mm thin, 8-inch diagonal Intel Atom-based business tablet that provides a full Windows 8 Pro experience and the mobile accessories to help keep users productive when away from their PC. With business-class features like micro-HDMI, up to 64 GB of storage and an 8 MP rear camera with flash, the device gives IT the serviceability, security, manageability and commercial lifecycle it requires.
HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Rugged Tablet
For both in and out of the office for mobile workers in manufacturing or in-field environments. IP 65 rated for water and dust and MIL-STD 81016 testing, with up to 20 hours of battery life and a 2D barcode reader to quickly access information.
Pricing and Availability
These devices are available as a managed service or subscription, offering businesses flexibility and a new way to deploy mobility.
- HP Pro Slate 8 is available now with a starting price of $449.
- HP Pro Slate 12 is available now with a starting price of $569.
- HP Elite x2 1011 G1 is expected to be available in late January with a starting price of $899.
- HP Pro Tablet 408 G1 is available now with a starting price of $299.
- HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Vertical Solutions, including:
- HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Healthcare Tablet is available now with a starting price of $1,499.
- HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Rugged Tablet is expected to be available in February with a starting price of $1,599.
- The HP Retail Case for ElitePad is available now with a starting price of $199.
- HP Pro Slate 10 EE is available now with a starting price of $279.
- HP Pro Tablet 10 EE is available now with a starting price of $299 for education customers and $349 for all customers.
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