HP announced a whole bunch of new tablets, offering a range of sizes and operating systems so there’s something for everyone. Here’s everything you need to know about the company’s latest tablet lineup.
Let’s kick things off with the best of the bunch, a massive new Android tablet that HP is calling the Pro Slate 12. This device packs a 12.3-inch 1600 x 12000-pixel display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and runs Android 4.4 KitKat with some enterprise-focused software sprinkled in. There’s also a smaller Pro Slate 8, which offers similar specs with a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536-pixel display. The design looks like it was inspired by the HTC One smartphone, with a metallic frame and front-facing speakers grills along the top and bottom of the device.
The Pro Slate 12 starts at $569, while the smaller Slate 8 costs $449. That’s not cheap for an Android tablet, though they do come with a free stylus. The Duet Pen lets you write on any surface and then automatically sends your notes to the tablet where they’re stored. Both models are available now.
The company also unveiled a handful of new Windows tablets, starting with the 8-inch Pro Tablet 408 G1. It comes equipped with an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a resolution of 1280 x 800. HP is asking for just $299 for this device, which is available today.
Next up are two more Windows tablets designed for the classroom. The Pro Tablet 10 EE runs Windows 8 and packs an Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800-pixel display. It costs $299 for schools or $349 for regular customers. Meanwhile, the Pro Slate 10 EE offers similar specs but runs Android and starts at $279. Both are available now and offer stylus support including a built-in storage slot, though you’ll have to buy your own stylus.
Finally, HP is rolling out the Elite x2 1011 G1, which launches later this month starting at $899. It packs an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of either 1366 x 769 pixels or 1080p, and at least 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You’ll also get to pick between a few different Core M processors, and it even comes with a keyboard dock with built-in battery at no extra cost.
That’s it for HP’s new tablet lineup, though there’s definitely a lot here to consider. Regular shoppers are still probably better off with a cheap tablet or an iPad, but the company may have an edge in enterprise and education thanks to its trusted brand and exclusive software.