HP refreshes tablet lineup, publishes new enterprise mobility research

Catering for enterprise mobility requirements requires more than just device delivery, says HP's mobility business unit chief Michael Park, while delivering details on eight new devices aimed at a range of business markets.

HP has announced seven new tablets and an ultrabook/tablet hybrid, and also released new research on European IT decision-makers' current and planned enterprise mobility strategies. We recently caught up with Michael Park, vice president & general manager of HP's Commercial Mobility & Software business unit, to get the details on the products and hear HP's current thinking on enterprise mobility.

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Michael Park, , vice president & general manager of HP's Commercial Mobility & Software business unit. Image: HP

Front and centre is HP's determination to add software and services to the basic device offering. "When we talk about mobility in the enterprise, if you just do the device, it's not enough: it's the apps and the device for the end user, but also connectivity -- how to deliver the apps out of the data center -- and the scale of the sheer number of devices per user," says Park.

"There's a lot of complexity in implementing commercial mobility," adds Park, "and we have to think about how all those pieces come together, which requires a different kind of thinking about how we design the products and the corresponding services."

One of those services is HP Touchpoint Manager, a cloud-based MDM (mobile device management) solution aimed at SMEs, which was announced in December 2014. Offering a browser-based 'single pane of glass' view of device inventory and health, remote lock and wipe, automatic application of security and policy settings, proactive alerts to IT admins, plus password and PIN resets, Touchpoint Manager currently supports iOS, Android and Windows devices, with Mac OS support on the way, according to Park. The service is vendor-agnostic, but HP devices offer extra insight into hardware health, warranty information and (for some models) out-of-band find, lock and wipe.


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Higher up the food chain, HP offers integration into existing EMM (enterprise mobility management) solutions rather than adding an enterprise version of Touchpoint Manager to an already crowded marketplace. Application migration and app development services are also part of HP's enterprise mobility offering.

Summing up the CIO's BYOD dilemma, Michael Park says: "You can't just bring a consumer device into an enterprise and say 'we're done': this is about app transformation, optimising the workflow, how you deal with policies and so on."

The research

To gauge how IT decision-makers are currently thinking about BYOD and enterprise mobility, HP commissioned a study of 1,130 IT decision makers across eight European countries in July 2014. Headline findings include the fact that, despite the rise of new mobile form factors like tablets, hybrids, phablets and smartphones, traditional desktops and notebooks are expected to hold their own -- at least until 2020:

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Proportion of employees owning different device types. Data and image: HP

Security emerged as the biggest concern around BYOD in the enterprise, with 20 percent of companies surveyed that have a BYOD policy in place reporting at least one security breach in the last year. Respondents flagged up a range of security concerns surrounding BYOD, headed by malware infection of the company network:

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Security concerns surrounding BYOD. Data & image: HP

The products

HP is launching eight new devices: 12-inch and 8-inch Pro Slate Android tablets; a pair of 10.1-inch ElitePad 1000 G2 Windows tablets aimed at the rugged and healthcare sectors; an affordable 8-inch Pro Tablet Windows device; 10.1-inch Pro Slate (Android) and Pro Tablet (Windows) devices aimed at the education market; and an 11.6-inch Elite x2 Windows ultrabook/tablet hybrid. Here are the details:

HP Pro Slate 12

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Screen 12.3 inches (Corning CT-40 FIT glass, 10-point touchscreen, 1,600 x 1,200)

Dimensions

300.3 x 7.99 x 221.9mm

Weight

850g

OS

Android 4.4 KitKat

SoC

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (2.3GHz, quad-core)

RAM

2GB

Storage

32GB (eMMC)

Wireless

802.11ac (Miracast-enabled) wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.0+LE, NFC

Slots

MicroSD, Nano-SIM, ZIF connector with pogo pins

Ports

Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5mm combo audio

Webcam

2Mpixel front, 8Mpixel rear

Battery

37Wh

Accessories

Duet Pen, Micro-USB to HDMI/VGA adapter, Slate 12 Rugged Case

Price (EMEA) €529

HP Pro Slate 8

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Screen 7.86 inches (Gorilla Glass 4, 10-point touchscreen, 2,048 x 1,536)

Dimensions

136.9 x 7.99 x 207mm

Weight

350g

OS

Android 4.4 KitKat

SoC

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (2.3GHz, quad-core)

RAM

2GB

Storage

16GB (eMMC)

Wireless

802.11ac (Miracast-enabled) wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.0+LE, NFC

Slots

MicroSD, Nano-SIM, ZIF connector with pogo pins

Ports

Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5mm combo audio

Webcam

2Mpixel front, 8Mpixel rear

Battery

21Wh

Accessories

Duet Pen, Micro-USB to HDMI/VGA adapter, Slate 8 Rugged Case

Price (EMEA) €379

HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Rugged Tablet

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Screen 10.1 inches (Gorilla Glass 3, capacitive touchscreen with digitizer, 1,920 x 1,200)

Dimensions

285.5 x 33 x 215mm

Weight

1.45kg

OS

Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

CPU

Intel Atom Z3795 (1.6-2.39GHz, quad-core)

GPU

Intel HD Graphics

RAM 4GB
Storage

128GB (eMMC)

Wireless

802.11a/b/g/n wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.0, mobile broadband with GPS (various options)

Slots

CAC smartcard reader

Ports

2xUSB 3.0, docking connector, RJ-45 Ethernet, HDMI, 3.5mm combo audio

Webcam

2.1Mpixel front, 8Mpixel rear (with LED flash)

Battery

30Wh

Accessories

ElitePad Docking Station, Executive Tablet Pen G2, Bluetooth keyboard, 2D barcode reader

Durability features IP65, MIL-STD 810G, anti-microbial treatment
Price (EMEA) €1,469

HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Healthcare Tablet

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Screen 10.1 inches (Gorilla Glass 3, capacitive touchscreen with digitizer, 1,920 x 1,200)

Dimensions

278 x 20 x 207.5mm

Weight

1.1kg

OS

Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

CPU

Intel Atom Z3795 (1.6-2.39GHz, quad-core)

GPU

Intel HD Graphics

RAM 4GB
Storage

128GB (eMMC)

Wireless

802.11a/b/g/n wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.0, mobile broadband with GPS (various options)

Slots

CAC smartcard reader

Ports

1xUSB 3.0, docking connector, RJ-45 Ethernet, HDMI, 3.5mm combo audio

Webcam

2.1Mpixel front, 8Mpixel rear (with LED flash)

Battery

30Wh

Accessories

ElitePad Docking Station, Executive Tablet Pen G2, Bluetooth keyboard, 2D barcode reader

Durability features IP54, MIL-STD 810G, anti-microbial treatment
Price (EMEA) €1,369

HP Pro Tablet 408 G1

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Screen 8 inches (IPS 10-point touchscreen, 1,280 x 800)
Dimensions

215 x 9 x 140mm

Weight

375g

OS

Windows 8.1 (32-bit)

CPU

Intel Atom Z3736F (1.33-2.1GHz, quad-core)

GPU

Intel UMA Graphics

RAM

2GB

Storage

32/64GB (eMMC)

Wireless

802.11b/g/n wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.0+LE, GPS

Slots

MicroSD (SDXC up to 128GB)

Ports

Micro-USB 2.0, Micro-HDMI, 3.5mm combo audio

Webcam

2Mpixel front, 8Mpixel rear (with LED flash)

Battery

4,800mAh

Price (EMEA) €249

HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1

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Screen 10.1 inches (IPS touchscreen with digitizer, 1,280 x 800)

Dimensions

280 x 14.4 x 182mm

Weight

850g

OS

Windows 8.1 (32-bit)

CPU

Intel Atom Z3735G or Z3735F (1.33-1.83GHz, quad-core)

GPU

Intel HD Graphics

RAM

1GB

Storage

16/32GB (eMMC)

Wireless

802.11b/g/n wi-fi/Bluetooth 4.0+LE combo (Miracast-enabled), mobile broadband with GPS

Slots

MicroSD (SDXC up to 128GB)

Ports

Micro-USB 2.0, Micro-HDMI, 3.5mm combo audio

Webcam

1.26Mpixel front/3Mpixel rear or 2Mpixel/5Mpixel (with LED flash on some models)

Battery

29.6Wh

Accessories

HP Pro 10 EE Keyboard Base, Stylus, Screen Protector, Education Tablet Sleeve, Multi-Tablet Charging Station

Price (EMEA) €319

HP Pro Slate 10 EE G1

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Screen 10.1 inches (IPS touchscreen with digitizer, 1,280 x 800)

Dimensions

280 x 14.4 x 182mm

Weight

855g

OS

Android 4.4 KitKat

CPU

Intel Atom Z3735G or Z3735F (1.33-1.83GHz, quad-core)

GPU

Intel HD Graphics

RAM

1GB

Storage

16/32GB (eMMC)

Wireless

802.11b/g/n wi-fi/Bluetooth 4.0+LE combo (Miracast-enabled), mobile broadband with GPS

Slots

MicroSD

Ports

Micro-USB 2.0, Micro-HDMI, 3.5mm combo audio

Webcam

1.26Mpixel front/3Mpixel rear or 2Mpixel/5Mpixel (with LED flash on some models)

Battery

29.6Wh

Accessories

HP Pro 10 EE Keyboard Base, Stylus, Screen Protector, Education Tablet Sleeve, Multi-Tablet Charging Station

Price (EMEA) €289

HP Elite x2 1011 G1

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Screen 11.6 inches (IPS eDP LED-backlit touchscreen, 1,366 x 768 or 1,920 x 1,080)
Dimensions

298 x 10.7 x 192.7mm (tablet), 298 x 20.8 x 204mm (tablet + power keyboard)

Weight

870g (tablet), 1.4kg (tablet + travel keyboard), 1.65kg (tablet + power keyboard)

OS

Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

CPU

Intel Core M-5Y71 (1.2-2.9GHz, dual-core), Core M-5Y51 (1.1-2.6GHz, dual-core) or Core M-5Y10c (0.8-2GHz, dual-core)

GPU

Intel HD Graphics 5300

RAM 4/8GB
Storage

128-512GB M.2 SSD, 180-256GB M.2 SE SSD

Wireless

802.11ac wi-fi/Bluetooth 4.0/Wi-Gig combo, 802.11ac wi-fi/Bluetooth 4.0 combo or 802.11a/b/g/n/Bluetooth 4.0 combo, mobile broadband

Slots

MicroSD, Micro-SIM, smartcard reader (on power keyboard)

Ports

Docking connector (tablet), 3.5mm combo audio (tablet), DisplayPort 1.2 (power keyboard), USB 3.0 (power keyboard), USB 3.0 charging (power keyboard), 2 x docking connectors (power keyboard; one for tablet, one for dongles)

Webcam

2Mpixel front, 5Mpixel rear

Battery

33Wh (tablet), 21Wh (power keyboard)

Accessories

Power keyboard, travel keyboard, enterprise wireless dock, Wacom stylus

Price (EMEA) €999

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