HP has unveiled an enterprise-grade Windows 8 tablet system as the latest in a slew of devices to be unveiled from numerous manufacturers that will be available running Microsoft's next operating system.
Set to be available from January, the HP ElitePad 900 offers management and security features to keep IT managers happy, while sporting a design that employees will crave, according to HP.
The 10.1in system is said to weigh less than 700g and features a machined aluminium body and Corning Gorilla Glass to protect its display.
Detailed specifications have yet to be disclosed, with the ElitePad running an unspecified next-generation Intel mobile processor, likely to be the recently announced Atom Z2760 chip, while the low weight indicates that the device will probably be configured with SSD storage.
However, with x86 compatibility, the device is capable of running existing business applications and will fit into existing Windows-based corporate infrastructure, such as HP's own Client Management solutions.
HP also said that customers will benefit from security features such as HP Bios Protection, Security Manager and HP Drive Encryption, while the ElitePad 900 also has built-in support for Absolute's Computrace service, which enables remote tracking and lockdown of devices.
One unusual feature is that the ElitePad 900 can be paired with optional HP Smart Jackets to expand the tablet's capabilities, reminiscent of the clip-on jackets HP offered for its iPaq PDA devices a decade ago.
The Rugged Jacket provides extra protection, while an Expansion Jacket adds USB, HDMI and other ports, plus an extra battery, while the Productivity Jacket offers an integrated physical keyboard, connectivity ports and SD Card reader.
An ElitePad Docking Station will also be available, which enables the tablet to be used on a desktop, connected to an external keyboard and monitor.
HP said the ElitePad will support mobile printing to any ePrint-capable HP printer, while the device also comes with an application called HP PageLift for optimising the quality of captured images from a document or whiteboard, plus the EverNote note-taking app.
The ElitePad 900 is not the first HP tablet device, following on as it does from devices such as the Slate and Slate 2.
The HP ElitePad 900 will be priced from £479 in the UK, depending on configuration.
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