Hewlett-Packard has finally unveiled the ElitePad 900, its very first Windows 8 tablet targeted strictly at business users. The tablet features a host of expansion options and supports touch, pen and voice based inputs. The ElitePad 900 is among the first few tablets to run the latest Windows 8 operating system. It is powered by a 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760 SoC processor and has a 2GB RAM. Consumers can choose between the two storage options of 32GB or 64GB available on a solid state drive. While HP hasn’t announced the pricing yet, the ElitePad 900 is scheduled to release in early 2013.
The business tablet has a sturdy aluminum shell that houses a 10.1-inch display. Boasting a pixel resolution of 1280×1800, the display has an IPS panel and is protected by Gorilla Glass 2. HP has said that the specific resolution of the tablet is intended for the use of conventional business applications.
The tablet weighs 1.5 pounds with a thickness of about 9.2 mm, making it a light yet well-built device. The right-hand side edge has the volume buttons. The speakers and the docking connector are at the bottom and the headphone jack, rotation lock and the power button are at the top. According to HP, the ElitePad 900’s battery should be able to last about ten hours.
Concealed at the back is a microSD card slot and another slot for 3G or 4G SIM cards. The cameras are placed both at the front and the back of the tablet. While the outward facing rear camera has auto-focus, flash and an 8-megapixel sensor, the video call camera that faces the user supports a resolution of 1080p.
HP has also developed a range of accessories to complement the ElitePad 900. The connector on the tablet supports a whole range of adapters including a USB port, SD card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, VGA, line out and HDMI. These connectivity options are also available through the ElitePad’s docking station which in turn can be paired off with a wireless keyboard. The docking station is heavy and sits steadily on the table not allowing the heavy cables to topple it over. Also available is the HP executive tablet pen with which users can write on the tablet in their handwriting and subsequently convert the notes to typed text.
Alternatively, a bunch of unique ‘Smart Jackets’ have been created by HP especially for the ElitePad 900. These are basically faux cases that add immense functionality to the tablet by providing extra features. One of the jackets has HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports and an SD card slot. It also features a slot where you can place a second battery thereby boosting the battery life of your tablet by up to twenty hours. The Productivity Jacket packs in a keyboard in addition to a card reader and USB ports. Although the jackets end up adding weight and thickness to the tablet they are nonetheless highly functional. These jackets don’t have to be removed if you decide to also use the docking station.
Andrea Walters, a freelance writer for MyTechHelp – a leader in providing support across various products brands and tech devices for individuals and small businesses in need of instant tech help with hp support.
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