hp elite pad HP unveils the business oriented HP ElitePad 900 tablet

HP has released a new Windows 8 based tablet, the HP ElitePad 900 aimed at business and government users looking for a portable tablet with the functionality of a computer.

HP has introduced the HP ElitePad 900, a Windows 8-based x86 tablet designed for business and government users who are looking for "an ultrathin, lightweight tablet designed for Windows 8 that offers the full serviceability, enhanced security and manageability found in HP Elite PCs, and military-grade durability for drops, vibration, dust, temperature extremes and high altitude."

On the exterior, the ElitePad 900 offers a 1280×800(150ppi) 10.1-inch multitouch display with Gorilla Glass 2 and a CNC-machined aluminum chassis that gives it a rather "solid" look. It is also a very portable computer, weighting just 630 grams and being 9.2mm thick.

However, what's packed inside is definitely not for those looking to do heavy work – a set of hardware aimed at preserving battery life instead of performance is included.  

For starters, a x86-based dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 clocked at slow 1.80GHz with a measly 2GB of LPDDR2 SDRAM to top off things off.  For storage, the tablet includes a tiny 'power saving' 32GB eMMC SSD, while the microSD slot allows for just 64GB more storage space. Connectivity is also limited to Wi-Fi 802.11n, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0. Interestingly, and HP has included a 25Wh battery instead of a larger capacity battery (possibly to decrease the weight of the tablet).

 HP unveils the business oriented HP ElitePad 900 tablet

Apart from the few (but significant) changes to utilize power-saving hardware, the ElitePad 900 packs a set of mid to high end features such as a 8MP rear camera and a 1080p front camera, SRS Audio, digital dual-array microphones and a array of HP Client Security functionality (Security Manager, Credential Manager, Password Manager, Device Access Manager with Just In Time Authentication, Computrace, Sparekey, Drive Encryption and HP BIOS Settings).

HP has also made available a set of accessories for those who need more than just a tablet. Two interesting accessories include the HP ElitePad Productivity Jacket, a case that converts the tablet into a full fledged (abeit underpowered) laptop and the HP ElitePad Rugged Case that "provides military-grade reliability and enhances the stylish profile of the ElitePad for added protection"

The HP ElitePad 900 is now available in Singapore from the HP Online Store and at HP Experiences Stores at a starting price of S$1,099.