Hewlett-Packard has finally unveiled its latest tablet, which was introduced by the company as the ‘mystery’ gadget during the 2012 Olympics. Described as the ‘real’ slate for the business class, the ElitePad 900 Windows 8 tablet is scheduled to be released in the market by January 2013.
This soon-to-be-released HP Windows 8 slate is bruited to be an upgraded version of the company’s Atom-powered business tablet. But a closer look at the ElitePad 900 will show that the company has not made substantial improvement in the specs department, and the differentiation from the previous HP tablet comes in its features and accessories. The cases as well as the docking stations of this business slate boast of a broad range of connectivity and expansion options.
A keyboard has been added to the gadget Productivity Jacket, and thus taking the device several steps closer to being laptop-like. The Expansion Jacket of the ElitePad, on the other hand, features a secondary battery, and HDMI and USB ports. The docking station of this new tablet now comes with VGA, Ethernet, HDMI and 2 USB ports and it can now be plugged into a second monitor or connected to other external devices. The ElitePad 900 will now also come out of the box with an “Executive Tablet Pen.” However, as the company conveniently did not mention of any active digitizer for this new slate, this pen will most likely be the less-precise capacitive variant.
Several aspects in the form department of the ElitePad easily remind us of the top-end EliteBook laptops. The former also touts a premium back cover made of machined aluminum and a Gorilla Glass-coated In-Plane Switching display with a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. Just like with the EliteBook laptops, this HP tablet complies with the MIL-spec-810G drop test standard by the military and can easily withstand and handle drops up to 3 feet. With its armored casing, its 1.5-pound weight comes as no surprise, and with a thickness of 9.2 mm, this gadget still comes off as fairly manageable when you are on the move.
Under the hood of the ElitePad 900 is the Atom-based Intel processor and this is matched by a 2GB RAM. Users will have 2 options when it comes to memory storage – the 32GB and the 64 GB. The HP tablet will also be equipped with an 8MP rear camera and a 1080p front facing camera. Other features of the device include Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n, GPS, NFC, a card reader and mobile broadband connectivity as an optional feature.
As it is packaged as a ‘business’ device, the ElitePad 900 Tablet is only targeting the business segment of the market, and it will only be made available through the enterprise channel of the company. There were unconfirmed reports earlier that the 32GB-variant of the HP tablet with have a price tag of $699, although HP has not made any official announcement on the actual pricing of the ElitePad 900. The final pricing details are expected to be released as we get closer to the launch date.