HP launches new ElitePad, ProPad enterprise tablets

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.

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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.
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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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  • Real Business Tablet

    Pay attention iTards, this is how to do a real business tablet. A device that can actually run the millions of business win apps, ERP, SAP, enterprise IT integration tools, and point of sale apps that already exist. Can join to a company domain and run multiple user accounts for proper security. Also has a USB port to run peripherals without battery sucking bluetooth. Well done HP.
    Sean Foley
    • The only thing it can't do...

      Move units.
      symbolset
    • Re: Pay attention iTards....

      At least it makes a change from SF perving at teenage girls on iPhones.
      5735guy
    • have you used an elite pad 900?

      We bought a few elite pad 900 last year and those gave us more problem than the iPads we have. Yes you can do more, but the elite pad 900 felt slugish, crashed a lot, bluetooth in particular is painful to use. Wifi connectivity is awful (refusing to connect to some wireless network).

      Maybe the new model will improve on all those things, but until I get to try one, I'd restrain from saying "Well done HP".
      Jean-Pierre-
  • Capability

    I wouldn't say I am an iTard, but we did try to implement an iPad for our liquor store business. We ended up rolling back to PC because the iPad was less functional, more expensive, and could not run some of the business software we needed. I guess I could say I was sucked into the iPad hype without realizing in the end its all about running a business and making money the most efficient way possible.
    marc_w
    • Nothing wrong with the iPad in certain circumstances

      the systems I've seen that deploy the iPad as the "POS" device all use a Windows 7 system in the backend as the Database server portion of the setup, which all seem to work very well.

      I haven't seen a standalone iPad or cloud connected iPad system as the total POS system that works as well as an above mentioned product.

      I do agree that a Surface Pro or similar tablet really expands on the point of sale systems as many are Windows based, so you're pulling out a lot of large, separate PC components and putting them in a streamlined package.
      William.Farrel
      • Apple stores

        I wonder what Apple uses for their in store POS system....every purchase I've made their has been done electronically and w/o hassle.
        rpasea
        • Apple Stores

          Agreed, the experience there is hassle-free, quick, and easy. I can even take my own iPad in and buy stuff with no store staff interaction.
          rbgaynor
        • I'm assuming here that the "heavy lifting"

          is likely done on a computer siting in the back of store. It would be far easier to have a centralized Credit Card server, product and pricing, ect all controlled from one single point in the store. It would be the safest, and most efficient way from systems I've seen.
          William.Farrel
  • Well done HP.

    Everybody knows ipads are toys and pretty useless in real business...except some journalists who don't a clue about technology.
    Owl:Net
    • If "everybody" knows that

      then how come Win 8 mobile devices have sold so poorly?
      1,2,3
      • easy

        its call HYPE

        If the Crapple Crowd would pick one up and learn how to use it... they would throw their ipad in the dumpster
        notrozer
    • Yeah, even Microsoft

      which has one of the best (if not the best) tablet device, can't seem to make it a profitable venture. (and they have brand awareness working for them... I think most people are familiar with the surface line)
      Bullshitterguy
      • Not to mention

        the fact that they don't have to pay themselves a licensing fee.
        Bullshitterguy
        • licensing fee

          They do have to pay themselves a licensing fee in a sense. Every tablet they sell is a tablet that someone bought instead of a different Windows tablet that would have brought in a licensing fee. Ok, not "every" tablet, but most. Ok...some.
          Producto Endorsair
    • depends on how you define real business

      some journalists, and those individuals who are using them happily in real businesses.

      or does a real business only mean those businesses with complex needs? so the rest of us are making a comfortable income from a hobby! lucky us!

      at the end of the day it's a tool, it is going to suite some tasks and not others. But for some of us it does just fine, even if it needs to be combined with mb or mini at times.
      iacl1
  • Article doesn't mention size or resolution of screen

    Since this is critical information when buying a tablet, I'm confused as to why it is not published in the article.
    Speednet
    • Screen reslolution

      H-P's web site says WUXGA (1900x1200)
      kfan
      • Another site mentioned 16:10 ratio

        This sounds like a step in the right direction. 16:9 is a terrible ratio for tablets, pretty much forcing your to use landscape orientation. 16:10 should be a bit better. Still no 4:3 ratio for a Win tablet however.
        Speednet