Hewlett-Packard has unveiled plans to release a new tablet computer in January of 2013. The company made the announcement on October 1.
The ElitePad 900 is primarily designed for business and government use.
HP’s tablet entry will run Windows 8 software and will feature 3G and 4G connectivity. It is an 11-inch, one-and-a-half pound tablet with 1280×800 screen resolution. It features Gorilla Glass, a 1080p camera and a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera. It has 2GB of memory and 64GB SSD for primary storage.
“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 of Printing and Personal Systems at HP. “The HP ElitePad meets all those tests. It combines the great style and user experience consumers demand with the features IT requires.”
Early reviews have already offered preliminary assessments of the ElitePad 900, with PCMag touting its on-screen keyboard as being “as responsive as the Apple iPad’s.” Engadget suggests that the tablet should get about 10 hours of battery life, so that’s a plus for enterprise users.
There is some room for a business and government tablet and HP could take advantage of a potential market. The iPad, popular as it is, remains largely a consumer product and may struggle when it comes to making enterprise inroads. HP’s ElitePad looks like it could be the ticket, although it’s hard to gather a fair assessment without any contact with the product.
As far as the specifications and some early impressions, however, the ElitePad 900 looks okay.
Of course, HP has stumbled in the tablet space before. The TouchPad tanked and the company’s reputation took a hit, but not before a massive price reduction. That product has been scrapped altogether and HP is clearly hoping the ElitePad can wipe away the TouchPad impressions and claim some market share.
There are no pricing details at this time, but some are suggesting that HP will look to place its ElitePad in the same range as the iPad or other competitive tablets.