Mystery HP Windows 8 tablet revealed as the HP ElitePad 900
HP has finally unveiled its Windows 8 tablet that kept popping up over the summer. The now revealed HP ElitePad 900 first made an appearance in an HP advert in July, before being glimpsed again on HP’s official blog.
Yet now not only we do have the name of the business-orientated Windows 8-powered tablet, we also have a list of specs. Sporting a 10.1-inch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, HP has opted for a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 screen, while there's the option for 4G connectivity with a SIM card slot.
Hovering above the screen is a 1080p front-facing camera which when used with HP’s CyberLink YouCam software enables video calls. Flip the tablet over and you’ll find an 8-megapxiel snapper complete with LED flash.
Powering proceedings is an Intel mobile processor and HP has managed to maintain an impressive waistline of just 9.2mm with a weight of 680 grams.
However, it’s not just the HP ElitePad 900’s specs that have caught our imagination. HP has revealed an array of accessories that will bolster connectivity and in some cases provide a desktop like experience.
The HP ElitePad Productivity Jacket, for example, adds a detachable keyboard, multiple connectivity ports and an SD card reader. The angle of the tablet can also be adjusted accordingly for an improved viewing experience.
For an additional USB and HDMI port the HP ElitePad Expansion Jacket is the go to accessory. When paired with the HP ElitePad Jacket, users are being promised an extended battery life.
Despite HP claiming the ElitePad 900 is a tough cookie in its own right - able to withstand accidental falls, vibration, dust, extreme temperatures and high altitude - the HP Elite Rugged Case raises the bar further by adding military-grade protection to the tablet.
The HP ElitePad Docking Station is as close to a desktop experience as you can get with a tablet. Dock the HP ElitePad 900 into the accessory and you’ll have a keyboard and a monitor at your disposal, while the tablet will receive a timely charge while docked.
HP has also reveled its HP Executive Tablet Pen, a stylus that when used with the HP ElitePad 900 to jot down notes, your scribblings can be saved as actual text.
Sadly we’ll have to wait until January 2013 for the HP ElitePad 900 and at present the tablet is due to be released only in the US. No word in pricing yet either. Boo!