HP has two new tablets in the works, one with Google Android software, and the other with Windows.
While the two devices have different operating systems, the rest of the hardware seems to be pretty much the same.
Notebook Italia uncovered some details about the upcoming HP Slate Pro 10 and HP Pro Tablet 10.
Update: HP has officially launched the new tablets. They’re aimed at the education market and prices start at $279.
Both tablets feature Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core Bay Trail processors, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. And each has a 10.1 inch display, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC.
The tablets earn the “Pro” in their names thanks to a stylus that HP includes, allowing you to write or draw on the screen. But don’t expect an active digitizer for pressure-sensitive input for brush strokes or for moving a mouse cursor by hovering the stylus above the screen. The tablets have passive pens which interact with the screens much the way your fingertip would.
HP will reportedly launch a few different variations of the tablets. The HP Slate Pro 10 EE G1 features Android software, while the HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1 runs Windows 8.1.
The cheapest Windows model will run Windows 8.1 with Bing software and ship without a pen, while higher-en models will run Windows 8.1 standard and come with a stylus. Note that the only real difference between Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 with Bing is that device makers agree to ship the Bing edition devices with Bing as the default search engine for Internet Explorer. You can always change this later.
HP will also offer models with 3G capabilities, at least in Europe.
We first spotted evidence of the HP Pro Tablet EE G1 when it showed up at the FCC last year. But now some European retailers are showing prices and specs for the new tablets, and there are a few documents on the HP website confirming the existence of these new tablets.