But some folks are willing to pay a bit more for better hardware, and it looks like HP has something in the works for those customers. The HP Pro Tablet 408 is an 8 inch Windows tablet with more memory, a better camera, and a bigger camera than the Stream 8. It also supports digital pen input.
Update: HP has officially launched the tablet. It’s available for $299 and up.
HP hasn’t revealed the price for its new tablet yet, but here’s an overview of the hardware:
- 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS touchscreen display with 10-point multitouch
- Intel Atom Z3736F Bay Trail processor
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB or 64GB of eMMC storage
- microSDXC card slot (up to 128GB of removable storage)
- 8MP rear camera with auto-focus and flash, 2MP fixed-focus front camera
- 4800mAh battery
- 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
- Dual stereo speakers
- Micro HDMI output and WiDi wireless display support
The tablet measures 8.4″ x 5.5″ x 0.35″ and weighs 13 ounces.
An HP Pro Tablet 408 Active Pen is listed as a “recommended accessory,” which suggests that the pen won’t come with the tablet unless you pay extra for it. But it also suggests that the tablet has an active digitizer for recognizing pressure-sensitive input when you’re writing or drawing.
An active pen also lets you hover the pen over the screen to move a cursor without tapping, which can come in handy when you’re using software that supports mouse hovering actions.
HP says the tablet also features TPM security and support for an optional 3G modem.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen evidence of a new “HP Pro Tablet.” A 10 inch model called the Pro Tablet 10 EE G1 showed up at the FCC last month.
Update: An unannounced 12 inch HP tablet code-named “Dane” also showed up at the FCC recently, but I haven’t found as many details about that model yet.
Update 2: Another FCC listing shows that the HP Pro Tablet 408 will be manufactured by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, Ltd… also known as Foxconn.