With Microsoft’s Windows 8 launch now under a month away, hardware manufacturers are rolling up to unveil devices that will run the hotly-anticipated operating system. We’ve already seen a slew of Windows 8 products focusing on the consumer side but a new release for the enterprise market has been confirmed today, with HP launching the ElitePad 900 tablet.
Due to arrive in January 2013, the ElitePad 900 sports a 10.1in display with 16:10 aspect ratio and is made with the damage resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 2. An aluminium back-casing offers a sleek look, while the device weighs 680g and measures 9.2mm in thickness.
Delving inside the tablet we have an Intel Clover Trail processor and 2GB of RAM, with HP touting its removable battery for 10 hours of life. The ElitePad 900 will be available as a 32GB or 64GB model, with a microSD card slot also available if extra storage is required. A front facing camera records in 1080p for those video conference calls and an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash features on the rear.
Wi-Fi, 3G and NFC capabilities bolster the connectivity side of things and the device will be running 4G LTE in the States. With the UK’s inaugural 4G supplier EE yet to announce any tablets running on its network, it remains to be seen if the ElitePad will be ready for use on our high-speed spectrum.
Its emphasis on the corporate world sees the slate include Intel x86 compatibility for existing business application support, HP ePrint software for remote printing, and a host of additional enterprise-friendly accessories. These include the HP ElitePad Productivity Jacket comprising a keyboard, connectivity ports, and an SD card reader, the ElitePad Expansion Jacket which adds USB, HDMI connectivity and longer battery life, a rugged case for “military-grade reliability”, a docking station to replicate the desktop experience with a keyboard and monitor, and the HP Tablet Pen allowing users to doodle on the slate before converting it to typed text.
The HP ElitePad 900 will be priced from £479 in the UK when it comes to market next year.