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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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By Nortel on 10/1/2012 8:27:29 AM , Rating: 1
That looks a LOT more like an ipad (first generation) than any Samsung tablet. Is HP unaware that Apple sues companies that 'copy' their designs?

RE: iPad?
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/1/2012 8:38:23 AM , Rating: 1
Except, it doesn't....

RE: iPad?
By yomamafor1 on 10/1/2012 10:19:51 AM , Rating: 2
It kind of does, from the silver exterior to the one button at the front.

And its as if Apple would not sue another company just because they look remotely alike.....

RE: iPad?
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/1/2012 11:02:40 AM , Rating: 2
Again, no it doesn't...

RE: iPad?
By Trisped on 10/1/2012 1:27:41 PM , Rating: 2
It looks pretty similar to me.

The only differences I can see with the front is that it is a landscape screen (with the button in the middle of the long side), the gray bezel seems larger, and the button has the new windows logo.

The back is noticeably different with a large black section, and their are more ports on the sides. At the end of the day it is an aluminum gray tablet, just like all the other aluminum gray tablets.

RE: iPad?
By makken on 10/2/2012 2:15:45 AM , Rating: 2
Put it this way- its resembles the iPad a lot more than the tab 10.1 ever did, and guess who Apple already sued...

Then again, running win8 could probably save it from Apple's wrath, given the agreement they have with MS.

RE: iPad?
By bupkus on 10/1/2012 8:45:55 AM , Rating: 2
Its fundamental shape also resembles my etch-a-sketch.

RE: iPad?
By Arsynic on 10/1/2012 12:06:15 PM , Rating: 5
Except users will immediately know it's not an iPad when they're actually being productive with it.

RE: iPad?
By Uncle on 10/1/2012 12:38:16 PM , Rating: 2
Nope Hp is as American as Apple pie. No worries about being sued. Besides its alleged that Hp iphoned apple and apple nulled it over, then gave Hp the OK to launch. Nothing gets launched that competes with apple, without apples OK.

RE: iPad?
By Trisped on 10/1/2012 1:32:32 PM , Rating: 3
HP has been making tablets for so long that they probably do not care. Also, with Palm's patents they probably would win in a patent war.

RE: iPad?
By Samus on 10/1/2012 11:58:05 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Apple suing Samsung is one thing, but Apple suing HP, a company that has been in the computer business for a half-century (long before Apple existed) is another. HP has a vast patent portfolio exceeding virtually every tech company other than IBM, including thousands of patents from Palm that protect them from any BS Apple can throw at them.

Look at the Touchpad. It, in my opinion, looked more like an iPad than anything from the competition. Apple didn't even think about going after it. That, and it wasn't even close to taking marketshare from Apple, but that's beside the point :)

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