HP touts 'true' business tablet: HP ElitePad 900

HP touts 'true' business tablet: HP ElitePad 900

Summary: The world's biggest PC maker unveils a new 10-inch tablet, set for a January release, in a bid to take on the Windows 8 enterprise and business market.


HP announced today its second Windows 8-powered tablet, the HP ElitePad 900, first seen during mysterious advertisements played at the Olympics that suggested an even newer tablet was on the way. 

The announcement of the ElitePad 900 comes a few days after the firm's strategy to "aggressively attack" the smartphone and tablet market was dubbed "risky" by Jefferies analyst Peter Misek

It also comes less than a month since the PC maker showed off its new Windows 8-powered 'all-on-one' PCs, ranging from touch and non-touch devices that mimicked much of the design qualities of Apple's iMac and technologies, including keyboard and trackpad.

The new tablet, running Microsoft's next-generation operating system, set for launch later this month, includes a 10-inch screen that offers enterprise-grade features and functionality.

Designed for business and government users in mind, HP says, the device includes:

  • A 10-inch screen featuring Gorilla Glass 2, running at a 1280x800 (16:10 ratio) resolution;
  • Intel Atom (x86) processor (though details are yet to be released);
  • 2GB RAM, with 32GB or 64GB solid-state storage;
  • A slimline and lightweight chassis, weighing 1.5 pounds at 9.2 millimeters thin;
  • An ultra-slim battery for around eight-hours run time, with additional battery functionality;
  • Enterprise features, including enhanced security and drive encryption;
  • 1080p front-facing camera; 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash;
  • SIM-slot for always-on connectivity and remote geographic policy management;
  • Military-grade durability for drops, vibration, dust and temperature extremes.

The device comes with a bevy of new accessories turning the device into a "total enterprise solution," which naturally must be bought separately.

The HP ElitePad Productivity Jacket features an integrated keyboard and connectivity ports, similar to that of Microsoft's Surface tablet sleeve; the HP ElitePad Expansion Jacket that dons an extended battery when connected and other USB and HDMI connectivity options; and the HP ElitePad Docking Station which can be used as a secondary screen for multitasking.

Also on offer is the HP ElitePad Rugged Case for military-grade protection against bumps, knocks and the like, and the HP Executive Tablet Pen acts as the device's stylus.

The device will go on sale in January 2013, just in time for the post-Christmas holiday sales. Pricing was not disclosed -- this will be announced at a later date -- but you can bet your bottom dollar that the cost will be priced competitively with the Surface tablet, Microsoft's own tablet offering. 

Image credit: Eric Franklin/CNET.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Tablets, PCs, Windows

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  • No Touchstone wireless charging??

    HP, you suck.
  • Oh, SNAP!

    What a peculiar resolution for a Windows 8 tablet: 1280x800.. That's LESS than the minimum recommended resolution that will allow snapping Metro apps on the side, to have two of them visible at the same time.

    Thats just weirD with a capital D.
    Han CNX
    • 16:10

      My ASUS Transformer already feel awkward enough at 16:10 when used as a tablet. I have a feeling that the 16:9 aspect ratio of most Windows 8 tablets is going to feel really odd. The iPAD's 4:3 is probably the ideal ratio, IMHO, for such a device.

      That said, I also get the feeling that Windows 8 devices are going to be laptops with the addded bonus of a removable screen when you just want to lie on the couch and surf the web (and idea that really appeals to me, FWIW).
      • 4:3

        4:3 is very yesteryear; it sucks for movies too, which are at least 16:9.

        Also keep in mind the layout of Metro: it emphasizes sideways scrolling over up/down scrolling. As such it's better to have a wider view, that more closely matches the way your eyes see the real world.
        Han CNX
        • Like most things Apple and like most

          techheads don't get. 4:3 is more than a fashion statement.
        • 16:9 sucks for everything except movies

          When I want to sit and watch a movie, I'll use a TV.
          If I want to use and interact with a portable computer, I'd like one that has some height to the screen.

          The fact that Metro has been optimized for the sit-and-drool crowd is not argument for making tablets shaped like envelopes, and it's just one more reason why I have no use for it.
      • Surely they can produce another good 4x3 screen?

        As a true 'king of tablets' having owned about fifteen so far, I personally prefer (by a large margin) 4x3 over 16:9. The condensed aspect is far superior in every regard except for viewing videos, and perhaps gaming (I don't game, so I don't know).

        My advice to potential buyers is if you plan on watching tons of videos, go with a wide screen. If not, go with a proportional screen.
      • Agreed

        4:3 is optimal for work. the 16:9 is only good for watching movies and proves awkward to hold and use for most tasks.

        Windows is pushing this in hopes that it will be differentiator from the iPads. The only problem here is that different does not mean better.
        • Hmmmmm....

          Spoken like an iFan who probably just bought the iPhone 5 with a 16:9 display....Apple's half-hearted attempt at differentiation.
        • It's not even that good for watching movies

          What movies are 16:9 anymore?
        • Until Apple tells you 16:9 is better

          As soon as iPad comes out in 16:9, all the iFans will spout how awesome it is.
          A Gray
      • It's clear why Microsoft is pushing 16:9 over 4:3

        Not because 16:9 is the ideal aspect ratio for tablets (it's not), but to hold onto their "PC" market revenue. If they push tablets as just an extension of their current Windows PC market (aka PC+) then they get to successfully hold on to their Windows PC licenses and PC revenue. That's the goal. The fact that the UI formally known as Metro can only work in one orientation (Widescreen) should be enough proof. These are notebooks first, tablets second.

        Even for games, 4:3 is the ideal ratio.
  • 16:9

    Looking at the picture it kind of looks like 16:9.. Are we all completely sure that the specs are correct?
    Han CNX
    • half-measure

      It looks about the same because 16:10 is only *marginally* better than 16:9.
  • HP joined the race!!

    With a new device coming everyday, what matters more is
    a light weight n thin product
    a controller dock.
    brilliant SoC.
    And a display quality something similar to 10 inch glossy gorilla display and 1,280x800 pixels.
    I suppose these would genuinely make a product worth buying.. Dell's Latitude and Microsoft Surface will be amongst the new one's to watch out for..
  • Is their a market?

    My question is weather their is a market in enterprise for these tablets? I suppose their is to a point but is it enough of a market to justify all the tablets that will be introduced? Because we know how many iPads Apple has sold and we know it has 70 something percent of the tablet market. We also know that its one device and that the Windows 8 tablets will come from at least 4 or 5 PC makers as well as maybe some others. Reducing the pie to each of a already limited small pie. I just see a lot of obstacles for Microsoft and its partners to over come.
    • Market

      There is definitely a market for them, but with these specs and a poor screen resolution. Worse hardware than the iPad for more money is not a winning combination.
    • "Is there a market," are you kidding?

      I am on this crazy 64GB iPad that cost about the same as OEM's are saying W8 pads will run, and I can't even buy MS office to put on it!

      My only thing is, I need an SDHC card slot, because I have tons of documents.
    • Not everyone is ready to drink the Kool-Aid

      Of course there is a market. I don't need to spend another USD300 just so I can look as cool as a member of the iSheep.

      I want to get a job done with a document infrastructure that my company already has... and maybe have access to entertainment that is customized to my liking.
      • Price BS

        Don't know what you think you can buy for $300 less than an iPad, but I guarantee that it doesn't have near the specs that the iPad does.

        How much do you want to bet on the price? I bet this will cost way MORE than an iPad.

        And you may buy equipment to try to look cool, but most people buy iPads because they work and are available now. Their specs are better than the current competition at a better price.