HP is certainly looking to have a large presence in stores this holiday season. In August, the company announced a large lineup of Windows 8 hybrid PCs and Ultrabooks. Last month, HP unveiled its upcoming Windows 8 "sleekbooks." This week, HP is announcing another Windows 8 tablet, this one aimed squarely at the business market.
The HP ElitePad 900, HP states, has been designed with business and government in mind. Customers who purchase the tablet will have the option of the serviceability, enhanced security, and manageability that HP's desktop "Elite" desktop PCs have. The company also claims that it has "military-grade durability" that protects it from drops, extreme temperatures, and high altitudes.
“Businesses used to face a tough purchase decision: How to find a product that will delight employees and help them be more productive, while also making sure IT can secure and manage it,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president of Printing and Personal Systems at HP. “The HP ElitePad meets all those tests. It combines the great style and user experience consumers demand with the features IT requires.”
The tablet has a 10.1-inch display, is 9.2 mm thick, and weighs 1.5 pounds. Inside, the tablet sports an Intel mobile processor, as well as front and rear cameras.
The ElitePad is also compatible with accessories that HP believes turn the device into a business machine. The HP ElitePad Productivity Jacket adds a keyboard and an SD card slot to the tablet, while the ElitePad Expansion Jacket adds USB, HDMI, and "other connectivity." Users can also extend the tablet's battery life with a Jacket battery. Other ElitePad jackets include the Rugged Case and the Docking Station.
HP has not announced a price for the ElitePad 900 yet. The company currently projects that the device will be available in the U.S. by January 2013.