In an effort to increase share in the saturated tablet market, HP has announced not just one or two, but a whopping total of eight new tablets. Each tablet is designed for specific fields in the business world, such as education, retail and health.
Leading the pack is the HP Pro Slate 12 ($569), pictured above, a 12-inch tablet that offers an all-day battery life and enterprise level of security features. Its smaller variant is the HP Pro Slate 8 ($449), which boasts Corning Gorilla Glass 4 screen protection. Both tablets run on a Snapdragon 800 processor and have a bundled HP Duet Pen stylus, which utilizes the Qualcomm Snapdragon digital pen technology.
HP Elite x2 1011 G1 ($899) is a Windows convertible with Ultrabook specifications. It runs on an Intel Core M processor and offers at least 4GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage. Optional accessories include a Wacom pen, a cover and a WiGig wireless dock.
HP Pro Tablet 408 G1 ($299) is a cost-effective Windows 8 Pro tablet with business features. Specs include 1280-by-800 resolution, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and 8-megapixel camera. It’s powered by an Intel Atom processor.
HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Healthcare Tablet ($1,499) is designed for patient-caregiver interaction. It offers special features such as a barcode reader for record retrieval and medical treatments.
HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Rugged Tablet ($1,599) is best suited for working environments with extreme conditions. It features an IP65 certification for water and dust protection and can survive a seven-foot drop. It can reach up to 20 hours on a single charge.
HP Pro Slate 10 EE ($279) is an Android tablet designed for education. Its Windows equivalent is the HP Pro Tablet 10 EE ($299). Both offers an optional stylus and have several software solutions for educational purposes: HP Services for Schools, HP School Pack and HP Classroom Manager.
Most tablets are available now in select markets, while the remaining few are expected to sell in the coming weeks. We’ve yet to hear a local announcement/launch from HP Philippines.