HP quietly introduces $349 Slate 8 Pro Business tablet

HP quietly introduces $349 Slate 8 Pro Business tablet

Summary: Like the consumer-based Slate 8 Pro, this 8-inch device packs an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, but it runs Android 4.4 KitKat.

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HP recently released the Slate 8 Pro, an 8-inch Android tablet with a super-high-res display and Nvidia Tegra 4 processor for $329. The high-end specs petered out when it came to the OS, however, as it ships with the older Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

If you want to be totally up-to-date, HP has the answer for you -- though it will cost you a little bit. The company has stealthily launched the Slate 8 Pro Business edition, which is similar to the non-Business version save for one key difference: It runs the latest version of Android -- 4.4, or KitKat.

Otherwise, the Business model appears to offer similar hardware as the consumer model, from the 1,600x1,200 Gorilla Glass 3-protected display to the 1GB of RAM to the 16GB of solid-state storage.  Both feature the Tegra 4 A15 processor, integrated Beats Audio technology, and a black front face backed with a white back panel. The only other notable component distinction is that the Slate 8 Pro Business has built-in NFC capabilities that the other version lacks.

The final difference between the two tablets is in the pricing. You'll pay an additional $20 for the Business model -- call it the KitKat surcharge. While adoption of the newest Android version is growing, it still only accounts for a little more than 5 percent of Android market share. Perhaps the Slate 8 Pro Business edition can nudge that number further upward.

[Via Liliputing]

Topics: Tablets, Android, Hewlett-Packard, Mobility

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  • RAM and Storage

    $349 seems a bit high for 1gb RAM and 16gb storage. Are there any specs as to removable storage and ports?
    Tuaussi
  • Price

    This price and tag line of Pro would seem to suggest this machine is good for business, in which case it should be a Windows 8 machine...not a consumption device with Android, regardless of it having KitKat on it.
    hafenbrack
  • This will be a failure

    Make a pro version with Win 8.1 and an Intel processor and it will sell. It is already more expensive than a Dell Venue 8 Pro with full Win8.1
    hoppmang
  • I thought Android was free?

    But HP is charging $20 for Android 4.2 to 4.4 upgrades...
    Go figure...
    thekman58
  • HP has this reputation

    I think this will not become successful, based on HP's reputation as a computer hardware provider. I mean many companies out there are proving to be more relevant in the Business Tablet arena, like SensyTouch (www.sensytouch.com) which by the way is what my company is using.
    lizsaito