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HP today showed off the ElitePad 900, a Windows 8 10-inch tablet aimed at the enterprise with features like pen input and hard drive encryption.It won’t be available until January and pricing has not yet been announced.
HP’s CEO Meg Whitman has been promising that its Windows 8 tablet strategy will be far different from its WebOS tablet disaster a little more than a year ago.
The WebOS tablet had been killed shortly before Whitman joined HP, so her first experience with an HP device was a laptop PC issued to her. It left a lot to be desired.
Beautiful design has become the directive from Whitman for HP’s PC division, she said in an interview on NBC’s Today Show this morning. “That’s been the biggest sea change over the last few years. People want something that they are proud to carry.”
To that end, the ElitePad 900’s claim-to-fame is an optional accessory called a “smart jacket.” It is a case that offers extra features. One version of the smart jacket adds USB ports, a card reader, an HDMI port and a removable battery. Another is a clamshell case with a keyboard.
The 900 is using an Intel Clover Trail processor, its latest Atom chip, which Intel says can get up to 10 hours of battery life. Most of the Windows 8 devices that Microsoft announced in July will be using Clover Trail, reports The Verge.
The 900 will go head-to-head with Dell’s latest attempt at a tablet for the enterprise, too. Dell previously announced the Latitude 10 scheduled to be released later this month, when Windows 8 goes on sale. Dell hasn’t announced pricing for its business tablet, either.
Here are the specs for the ElitePad 900:
- 10.1-inch diagonal display, 1280-by-800-pixel, Gorilla Glass
- 1.5 pounds, 9.2 millimeters thick.
- Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM, with storage options of 32GB or 64GB.
- a microSD card slot and slots for 3G/4G SIM cards.
- An 8-megapixel camera with flash. Plus, a front-facing camera that supports 1080p HD video.
- A proprietary connector. That means HP has prepared accessories that plug in to for things like a USB port, Ethernet, VGA and HDMI. Or those features can be added with an optional docking station.