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HP's ElitePad 900 packs an Atom processor and up to a 64GB SSD

Peter Misek, an analyst for Jeffries, recently made the statement that "HP will aggressively attack the smartphone and tablet markets, which we believe are risky investments." Well with today's announcement of the 10" ElitePad 900, it appears that HP is looking to attack the tablet market, but we wouldn't call it an aggressive move by any means.
The ElitePad 900 starts off with some promise thanks to its inclusion of an Intel Atom Z2760 processor (Clover Trail backed with 2GB of memory) that should provide plenty of backwards compatibility with existing apps for the Windows platform. The tablet also hits the right notes when it comes to its form-factor -- it features an aluminum body (MIL-spec 810G) that measures just 9.2mm thick and weighs 1.5 pounds.
The device offers a choice of 32GB or 64GB SSD, an 8MP camera on the rear, and a 1080p-class camera on the front for video conferencing. HP even includes the option of 3G/4G wireless connectivity. In addition, the ElitePad 900 supports pen-input for those that prefer more precision than your fingertips can provide.

Things get even more interesting when you take a look at what HP is calling its line of Smart Jackets. The Productivity Jacket provides an integrated keyboard and SD card slot while the Expansion Jacket provides USB and HDMI connectivity along with an integrated battery for added runtime. Other accessories include a rugged case that provides "military-grade" protection and a docking station that allows an external keyboard and monitor to be connected.

Another big boon is the fact that the ElitePad 900 can be serviced easily using what HP calls an "industry-unique service tool". Using the tool, the motherboard, screen, and battery can be easily accessed for quick repair/replacement. This also eliminates the need to send the device off to be repaired, potentially putting sensitive data at risk.

So with so much promise, how could we possibly be disappointed with the ElitePad 900? Well, the tablet is only equipped with a meager 1280x800 display in an era when even lowly Kindle Fire HDs are packing 1920x1080 screens (the Nook HD+ is even higher still at 1920x1280). There are a number of Android tablet that provide a screen resolution of 1920x1080, most Windows 8 tablets announced so far are at least 1366x768, and the iPad trumps all with a screen resolution of 2048x1536.
And with such a "low" screen resolution, you can't even snap Metro apps to the side of the screen in Windows 8. That is a big oversight in our opinion.

HP ElitePad 900 Expansion Jacket
The other disappointment is that HP is only gearing the ElitePad 900 at business users, meaning that the tablet will only be sold through its enterprise channel. And although HP is announcing the ElitePad 900 today, it won't ship until January of 2013. So we won't know any pricing details until closer to launch.

ElitePad 900 with Dock

Source: HP

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It's a start
By Milliamp on 10/1/2012 2:49:48 AM , Rating: 1
I sort of like the jackets idea because it gives a lot of flexibility without the need of a billion different form factors.

So much potential but then they have to tie 1 1/2 hands behind their back by launching with windows mobile only (like 1% market share), in January (after holiday shopping is over), and with a lower resolution than was available on devices shipped months ago.

It seems like a platform aimed at company IT departments as an answer to BYOD more than anything.

RE: It's a start
By martin5000 on 10/1/2012 5:49:12 AM , Rating: 2
Windows mobile? It's windows 8, slightly more than 1% market share.

RE: It's a start
By Milliamp on 10/1/2012 5:46:24 PM , Rating: 2
Is it going to get a start button?

RE: It's a start
By damianrobertjones on 10/1/2012 6:01:18 AM , Rating: 3
BYOD has been around for such a long time I'm amazed that the press/marketing people have pushed it so much. Any I.T. company that has 'balls' will NOT allow BYOD. Ever.

RE: It's a start
By Chadder007 on 10/1/2012 10:49:55 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, BYOD is the new buzzword/idea that companies are pushing as a money saver....but a possible security devastator.

RE: It's a start
By Arsynic on 10/1/2012 12:20:20 PM , Rating: 2
And if there's a security breach, it will cost millions to repair the damage thus not really saving money at all.

A company can save thousands of dollars a month by not paying for property insurance. But it's in their best interest to pay it.

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