HP announced eight new tablets Jan. 20, 2015. The company is calling these devices an ecosystem of accessories. HP says it is seeking to bring mobility solutions to businesses with purpose built devices. The company is calling these tablets a “business-first” approach to mobility.
Two of HP’s new tablets seem to be getting more attention than the others, the Pro-Slate 8 and Pro-Slate 12. These tablets are being marketed as high-definition, commercial-grade devices and come in 8-inch or 12-inch options. Pricing for the Pro-Slate 8 starts at $449. The Pro-Slate 12 starts at $569.
HP’s new 2-in-1 tablet, the Elite x2 1011 G1, is geared towards flexible business use. This tablet is boasting high security features to keep yours and your clients’ information safe. Shipping is slated for sometime in late January with a starting price of $899.
The Pro Tablet 408 G1 comes with a starting price tag of $299. HP is marketing this 8-inch tablet as an affordable business tablet option.
The ElitePad 1000 G2 will be coming out in two versions. The ElitePad 1000 G2 Healthcare Tablet is geared towards the medical community. The ElitePad 1000 G2 Rugged Tablet will be marketed to mobile workers in manufacturing or in-field environments. Both devices come with a heftier price tag. The Healthcare Tablet starting at $1,499 and is shipping now. The Rugged Tablet starts at $1,599 but isn’t available until February.
The Pro Slate 10EE and the Pro Tablet 10EE are both created with schools in mind. The two tablets are nearly identical, the exception being the Pro Slate runs Android and the Pro Tablet runs Windows. Prices vary slightly between the two. The Pro Slate starts at $270. The Pro Tablet starts at $299 for educational customers.
HP appears to be trying to cover all bases in the business market with this new line up of tablets. It remains to see how customers will respond.