Slated for a January 2013 release, the tablet will feature an ergonomic design, weigh 1.5 pounds and measure just 9.2-mm thin. It will also come packed with the latest next-generation Intel mobile processors and Windows 8, the latter of which officially launches at the end of the month.
"Businesses used to face a tough purchase decision: How to find a product that will delight employees and help them be more productive, while also making sure IT can secure and manage it," said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Printing and Personal Systems, HP. "The HP ElitePad meets all those tests. It combines the great style and user experience consumers demand with the features IT requires."
Currently the product page doesn't reveal anything, but HP said the tablet is precision-crafted, with an "eye toward fit and finish." It uses stylish, premium materials such as CNC-machined aluminum and Corning Gorilla Glass 2. It's a tablet that "balances a beautiful design with enterprise-grade features, functionality and support," the company said.
On a hardware level, the tablet supports touch-, pen- or voice-based input. It also provides a 1080p front-facing video camera and 8 megapixel (MP) rear camera with an LED flash and includes CyberLink YouCam software to record training videos or communicate face to face. HP PageLift automatically trims, correctly lights and orients a captured image of a whiteboard, paper contract or other document so it is ready to use or share without requiring manual editing.
"The HP ElitePad offers a long life cycle, stable image and HP Global Series Support, all of which IT managers expect in an enterprise tablet," HP said. "It also features a one-year standard warranty, with the option for a three-year warranty via HP Care Pack Services. The HP ElitePad is fully serviceable with an optional, industry-unique service tool for HP Self-Maintainers that allows customers to access the panel, battery, motherboard and unibody chassis, helping reduce downtime and keep sensitive data and devices in-house."
Unfortunately, HP wasn't forthcoming in regards to actual tablet specs – looks like we'll find out more about that as we get closer to 2013. However HP said it will offer a handful of accessories like the ElitePad Productivity Jacket which includes an integrated keyboard and connectivity ports, and the ElitePad Expansion Jacket which adds USB, HDMI and other connections. Also available will be the Executive Tablet Pen, ElitePad Docking Station, and ElitePad Rugged Case.
"Organizations will appreciate the enterprise-caliber data, device and identity protection from HP Client Security, including HP BIOS Protection, Security Manager and HP Drive Encryption," HP said. "Additional security features include Device Access Manager, Computrace and Sparekey. "Device deployment and ongoing support and maintenance are made easy with x86 compatibility and support for HP Client Management solutions. The LANDesk Management Suite also increases security and eases management."
The HP ElitePad 900 is expected to be available in the United States in January 2013. Pricing information will be announced closer to availability.
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