HP has added two new Windows 8.1 powered tablets to its product portfolio ahead of the Mobile World Congress 2014: the ProPad 600 and the ElitePad 1000. HP ProPad marks the start of a new product line in the company’s portfolio, while the ElitePad 1000 is an upgrade to the existing ElitePad 900, and follows a similar design as its predecessor.
“Our tablets and mobile ecosystem continue to evolve to meet the growing transformation of the workplace. The line between work and life has blurred to the point that it’s now a true blend, where employees increasingly require stylish, business-ready mobile devices that don’t make any sacrifices to productivity, reliability or security,” said Enrique Lores, senior vice president and general manager, Commercial PCs, HP.
HP ProPad comes with a 10.1-inch display sporting a resolution of 1900 x 1200 pixels with a 16:10 aspect ratio and ultra-wide viewing angles. The tablet is powered by Intel Atom Z3795 Bay Trail 64-bit processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. On the storage side, the ProPad 600 comes with a 64GB card with an option to expand it via a microSD card slot that supports up to 2TB of storage. To make sure there’s enough juice for the tablet, it comes with a 8,380 mAh lithium-polymer battery.
In terms of connectivity, you get WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, micro SB 2.0 slot, micro HDMI slot and an audio jack. There’s no LTE connectivity on the ProPad 600. The tablet also comes with a 8MP camera for photos and videos, as well as a 2MP front-facing camera and is powered by Windows 8.1 Pro as its operating system. There’s no word about the price of the tablet, but it’s set to hit the retail shelves in April and the pricing details will be shared near its launch.
On the other hand, the ElitePad 1000 is an upgrade for their existing Elitepad 900 and comes with the same 10.1-inch display but with improved resolution of 1900 x 1200 pixels and a faster 64-bit processor. The tablet comes with Windows 8.1 as its operating system with stylus support, and features 64/128GB of storage with 4GB of RAM on board. The major difference between both tablets is the ElitePad comes with LTE connectivity which has become a requirement for many working professionals who needs access to emails and web on the go. On the power side, the tablet comes with a long-lasting 30 WHr (2-Cell) lithium polymer battery. The ElitePad 1000 will hit retail in March with the price starting from $739.
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