In yet another effort to re-brand, re-position, and solidify themselves as a true player in the tablet eco-system, HP has launched their ElitePad 900 tablet.
This Windows 8 powered tablet is focused exclusively on the enterprise market. This 10.1 -inch display tablet weighs in at 1.5 pounds and is 9.2 millimeters thin. With a 16-by-10 aspect ratio and the Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection, HP is expecting traditional business application users as well as executives standing in front of conference rooms giving presentations to be excited and pleased with this look and feel of the ElitePad 900.
Similar to the Asus Transformer, HP is looking to position the ElitePad as more than just a tablet. With the HP Smart Jacket technology they are offering a number of relevant connectivity options (primarily keyboard, additional battery, SD card, USB, and HDMI).
From the press release…
Powered by next-generation Intel® mobile processors, the HP ElitePad delivers PC productivity for those on the go and Intel x86 compatibility for existing business application support. It is designed for Windows 8 and supports touch-, pen- or voice-based input. The HP ElitePad also provides power efficiency and smartphone-style convenience with compatibility for familiar Windows applications, as well as easy integration into existing IT environments.
The unique, productivity-enhancing ecosystem of HP Smart Jackets and additional accessories designed specifically for the HP ElitePad expand the tablet’s potential, turning it into a total enterprise solution:
- HP ElitePad Productivity Jacket—includes an integrated keyboard, connectivity ports, SD card reader and adjustable viewing angles for a complete computing experience.
- HP ElitePad Expansion Jacket—adds USB, HDMI and other connectivity to get more done on the go. Adds even longer battery life when bundled with the optional HP ElitePad Jacket battery.
- The HP ElitePad Rugged Case—provides military-grade reliability and enhances the stylish profile of the ElitePad for added protection.
- HP ElitePad Docking Station—delivers an enterprise-class desktop experience with an added keyboard and monitor and also charges the tablet. Or, use it to set the tablet up as a secondary screen for phenomenal multitasking.
- HP Executive Tablet Pen—lets customers write messages and notes in their natural handwriting directly on screen and then save or convert to typed text for use in other applications.
Check out the video introduction, that includes HP CEO Meg Whitman.
Pricing hasn’t been released yet and availability is slated for January 2013. Click here for more on the HP ElitePad tablet.