HP ElitePad 900 Tablet Targets Enterprise
Windows 8-based tablet promises to appeal to both IT managers and employees
HP has announced the launch of the HP ElitePad 900, a new Windows 8-based tablet aimed at the enterprise and government.
The tech giant claims that the new Intel-powered device will satisfy both IT managers and employees, offering enterprise security options, military-grade durability and the promise of being able to adapt to any existing IT environment.
HP will hope that it enjoys more success than its WebOS based HP TouchPad, which was killed off last year. CEO Meg Whitman had promised that a Windows 8 tablet was on its way and in August announced a notebook-tablet hybrid, the HP Envy X2.
HP ElitePad 900
The HP ElitePad 900 boasts a 10.1-inch 1200×800 display protected by Gorilla Glass and has a front facing 1080p camera along with an eight megapixel rear facing camera. It measures up at 9.2mm thick and weighs in at 680 grams.
The tablet includes support for 4G LTE networks and additional connectivity options can be added through ‘Smart Jackets’. The Productivity Jacket features an integrated keyboard, connectivity ports, an SD card reader and adjustable viewing angles, while the Expansion Jacket includes USB and HDMI ports as well as longer battery life with an optional Jacket battery.
A rugged case adds military grade durability against drops, vibration, dust, extreme temperatures and high altitude, while a docking station offers a more traditional notebook experience.
“Businesses used to face a tough purchase decision: How to find a product that will delight employees and help them be more productive, while also making sure IT can secure and manage it,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Printing and Personal Systems, HP. “The HP ElitePad meets all those tests. It combines the great style and user experience consumers demand with the features IT requires.”
It will be available in 64GB and 32GB varieties and will be released in the US this January. A UK release has not yet been confirmed while pricing details remain a mystery.
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