Mobile World Congress is typically dominated by the consumer-facing side of the tablet world, but HP is putting some focus on the enterprise at this year's show. To that end, it's unwrapped a couple of new 10.1-inch Windows 8 slates: the ElitePad 1000 G2 and the ProPad 600 G1.
[click to view image]The updated ElitePad 1000 will be the higher-end of the two, coming with a 1900 x 1200 display, a 64-bit Intel Atom processor (which varies by configuration), 4GB of RAM, either 64 or 128GB of upgradable storage, pen support, and optional LTE connectivity. It'll be 9.2mm thick and 1.5 pounds heavy, and it's fitted with dual 8- and 2.1-megapixel cameras.
What HP's really touting here, however, is the amount of accessories that will be avalable to be plugged into the device. This will include an optional docking station, a battery-expanding smart jacket, a range of adapters, and other such connectivity boosters.
The idea is that the tablet can be warped into a makeshift laptop for those who need to get heavier-duty work done. Keeping that in mind, the slate isn't going to coming cheap -- it'll start at $740 when it launches sometime next month.
The ProPad 600 G1, meanwhile, will be more standard enterprise tablet fare. There won't be as much extra connectivity here, but you can still get relatively comparable specs. There are options for a 32- or 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom chip, 2 or 4GB of RAM, and 32 or 64GB of expandable storage. Both ProPad 600 SKUs will sport the same 1920x1200 display, though, along with the same 9.9mm thick, 1.4 pound body.
HP hasn't mentioned pricing for either of these slates yet -- they should be cheaper than the original ElitePad 1000, at least -- but it did say they'll arrive in April.
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