HP launches new ElitePad, ProPad enterprise tablets

Summary:At Mobile World Congress, HP lays out its enterprise lineup of Windows-powered tablets and a retail point-of-sale setup.

Hewlett-Packard on Sunday launched a new ElitePad 1000, a Windows 8.1 tablet designed to bridge personal and professional use, and the ProPad 600, which has a lower price point.

At Mobile World Congress, HP outlined the ElitePad 1000 G2, which is billed as a "total business solution." The tablet launches in mid-March and starts at $739.

HP's Derek Everett, director of worldwide product management for commercial Windows tablets, said the ElitePad 1000 G2 is designed for flexibility with full-sized HDMI ports, a bevy of accessories and features that could make the device a laptop replacement. "No one size fits all with tablets," said Everett. "Some need keyboards and see tablets as notebook replacements."

Some of the key stats for the ElitePad 1000 G2:

  • 9.2 mm thick;
  • 1.5 pounds;
  • 64-bit Intel processors;
  • Touch, pen or voice input;
  • Dual cameras;
  • Enterprise IT integration tools.
elitepad

The company is surrounding its latest ElitePad with a bevy of jackets and accessories. The catch is that at some point the ElitePad will look like a laptop and cost as much as one.

Given that cost equation, HP is also launching the ProPad 600 G1, which lacks the accessories and finish that go with the ElitePad, but has a lower price point. The ProPad is powered by Intel's Atom processor, has expandable storage ports, micro-HDMI and lacks the ElitePad's aluminum finish.

propad

Separately, HP launched another Windows hardware bundle designed to be a point-of-sale terminal that can either be portable or stationary. HP's TX1 POS Solution is designed for small businesses that need to connect to front and back office applications.

In a nutshell, the TX1 bundle is the ProPad with a stand that connects into point-of-sale accessories and ports. The TX1 will be available in May.

tx1

Topics: MWC, Hewlett-Packard, Mobility, Tablets

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