While the lion's share of the activity last night and this morning centered on HP's Android tablets -- and to be fair, there were simply more of them -- HP didn't forget about its Microsoft partnerships and produced a snazzy Windows 8.1 tablet. It's name? The HP Omni 10.
The Omni brand has always represented some middle ground between home office and business usage, and the new Omni 10 seems to fall along the same lines. Inside of the tablet beats an Intel Atom 'Bay Trail' processor (Z3000 series), which means you can finally expect some decent performance out of an Atom chip while maintaining the battery life that the CPUs were known for.
In this case, the Omni offers users a projected 9-hour operating time, which should be sufficient for most people to get through a day's worth of work.
Like the recently-announced Asus Transformer Book T100, this tablet will come with Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office 2013 preinstalled. Unlike the Asus model, however, the HP Omni 10 offers a superior build quality and a better display; while both are IPS panels, the 10-inch HP one actually tops out at 1920 x 1080.
HP made a big deal about the tablet's ability to Snap applications side-by-side on the screen -- one of its first efforts was a 1280x800 tablet that was mocked for its inability to do the same.
It has 2GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage capacity. Other features include an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2PM front-facing one, and a micro-HDMA video-out port.
Much like the business-oriented Slate 8 Pro, the Omni 10 also has accessories such as a bluetooth keyboard and dock; unfortunately, the dock for the Omni 10 seems as unimpressive as the one for the Slate 8.
As with the rest of the tablets HP showed off last night, the Omni 10 will launch in the U.S. "in November", with pricing to follow at a later date.
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