HP is launching two new lines of business-friendly 10 inch Windows tablets with Intel Atom Bay Trail processors this spring. The HP ElitePad 1000 is a premium model with a metal case, 4GB of RAM, at least 64GB of storage, support for a digital pen, and optional cellular connectivity.
The HP ProPad 600 is a cheaper model with a plastic case and options for configurations starting at 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
HP unveiled the new tablets in February, and now the HP ElitePad 1000 is up for pre-order. It’s expected to ship in late May. Pricing and availability for the ProPad 600 is a bit harder to come by, but HP has revealed more details about all of its new business tablets.
There are a variety of configurations of the new premium business tablet, but most models seem to share these specs:
- 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Multi-touch capacitive digitizer and digital pen support
- Intel Atom Z3795 quad-core CPU
- 4GB of RAM
- Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit or Windows 8.1 64-bit
- 8MP rear camera and 2.1MP front-facing camera
- 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
- microSDXC card slot
- 30Whr battery
- 7″ x 10.3″ x 0.36″
- 1.5 pounds
The ElitePad 1000 will be available with a choice of 64GB or 128GB of storage, optional HSPA+ and LTE connectivity, and support for ElitePad expansion jackets with extra goodies such as extended batteries, keyboards, and security features.
The cheaper tablet will also come in a variety of configurations, and customers have a chocie of:
- Intel Atom Z3775 or Atom Z3795 processor
- 2GB or 4GB of RAM
- 32GB r 64GB of storage
- Windows 8.1 32-bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit
All models will have a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS display, 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, micro HDMI port, micro USB port, and microSD card slot.
The tablets measure 10.2″ x 7.2″ x 0.4″ and weigh 1.44 pounds and feature 31Whr non-removable batteries.
While the ProPad 600 will support 64-bit versions of Windows, you’ll need to opt for 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage to get a model with 64-bit software.
Select systems will also ship with a free Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 license, but HP says that software is not to be used for “commercial, non-profit, or revenue-generating activities.”
Is there a pen slot on the tablet itself?
Do they keyboard docks for any of these physically attach and have adjustable angles to convert it into a notebook?
The productivity jacket supports 2 angles where the tablet can be used like a clam shell notebook
HOw do you get $800?
1080p, IPS display with active digitizer, quad-core, 64-bit cpu, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage in the base models for the 1000 G2 that is only $739 for non-pro Windows and $789 for Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit.
It also has a premium build quality for the casing similar to the original Slate X2 and a lot of peripherals in a slim, 1.5 pound form factor. The docking station also only costs $39.00–as opposed to Lenovo and Microsoft who both charge over $100 for their docking solutions. I actually think that this is a viable option for business as an on-the go, secondary device. I don’t need a 2-pound plus Surface tablet.
I have an i5 laptop right now that I supplement with a Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 that I got a great discount on and is only 1.3 pounds, but it’s hampered by only having 2GB or RAM and a 32-bit CPU and operating system. It also isn’t a Bay Trail level device. Bay Trail, 4GB and 64-bit Windows would make a monumental difference in performance and multi-tasking. I would actually feel totally confident with taking such a device on the go or docking it and hooking it up to a couple of monitors for use as a basic workstation at home rather than lugging my work laptop around.
Can you point to where you’ve seen the docking station for only $39? Nearly all others I’ve seen have been +$100. Thx!
$800 for a device that is hardly any better than a couple of $400 devices? I’d sooner buy a Surface Pro 2, and get a Core i5, and full-size USB 3.0, a magnetic charge cable, and much better physical quality (I’m guessing at the quality of the HP, based on my experience with HP).
The Elitepad is their business series, complete with premium features, customizable jackets and other accessories you won’t get from anything in the cheaper range… and don’t kid yourself, the core versions would cost even more…
But like many business/enterprise class products they don’t make much sense for the general consumer market… who mostly won’t ever need most of the extras these offer…
The Surface Pro 2 does have short comings. For instance, its backfacing camera is only a VGA camera which is useless for taking pictures of documents. It weighs about 950g compare to the 1000 G2 which weighs 680g. The keyboard does not shut with the tablet when you are carrying it unlike the 1000 G2 when used with the productivity keyboard jacket. And the Atom Z3795 processor that powers the 1000 G2 consumes less battery than the Core i5 used by the Surface Pro 2.
Of course, the 1000 G2 is not perfect either. Writing on the 1000 G2 tablet with Its stylus while usable but does not perfectly emulate writing on paper. The ‘ink’ appears a fraction of a second later. The Surface Pro 2 keyboard is better than the Elitepad productivity jacket keyboard. The 1000 G2 does come with any built in usb or hdmi or vga or lan ports. But all of these can be purchased as accessories. You can even buy jackets with fingerprint reader and smartcard reader.
Hardware perfect for Ubuntu Touch!
Sure– if it came barebones with no OS; otherwise, I see no point in diminishing the capabilities and overall flexibility of something that already comes with 8.1 Pro 64-bit pre-installed…
Yes obviously Ubuntu touch is not ready for this kind of hardware (or any) to use as a real driver. But I can see how the ready-to-go converged Ubuntu might be released right on time with more capable 64bit tablets releasing.
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