HP shows off prototypes of Windows 8-based ElitePad 900

Several months ago, Neowin first posted a slide from an internal HP presentation, showing a render for the Slate 8, their code name name for an upcoming Windows 8-based tablet made for business users. Earlier this month, HP announced the final version of that tablet, which it is calling the ElitePad 900.

While the 10 inch tablet won't be going on sale until January, the company is still promoting the ElitePad 900 with a recent YouTube video that has HP giving a rare glimpse of the pre-production models that were created before the final design was locked.

The video has HP's Vice President of Design Stacy Wolff with a pile of tablet prototype models, including one which (without naming names) is the same model that we first posted up earlier this year. Wolff said that the curved glass design of the prototype was "exquisite" while also feeling good in the hands. What happened? Wolff admits that the final design would be just too expensive to be put on sale.

Another design that Wolff shows off in the video would have been able to put in a lot of high end hardware such as NFC and more. Ultimately, Wolff said the design was too "chubby" and HP scrapped it.

That brings us to the final version of the HP ElitePad 900. Wolff said that overall it is a "very clean design" which incorporate NFC and other antenna on the back and making the left and right sides as slim as possible. Wolff also shows off the tablet's Smart Jackets, which adds more hardware features while also serving as a case for the ElitePad 900; HP has yet to reveal pricing for the tablet.

Source: HP YouTube

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The screen is only 1280x800. For a business oriented device, this takes it out of contention. If it weren't for this one incredible oversight, this would be a nice device.

Love the name windows 8 professional... hehe there is NOTHING professional about windows 8 ... it's a freakin' fisher price OS

rhianntp said,
Love the name windows 8 professional... hehe there is NOTHING professional about windows 8 ... it's a freakin' fisher price OS

go back to your room and play with your bone!

All this design talk is great, but a computer is a F*&cking TOOL. So make it look as dainty and nice as possible so the right brainers don't get all mushy on us, and give me PORTS and FUNCTION all, day, long, throw in a Netflix app and some consumer crap for good measure.

I'd love to see more in depth interviews with hardware makers like this. I would also have loved to see him dock it, and use it, printer and all. Nice interview.

jimmyfal said,
All this design talk is great, but a computer is a F*&cking TOOL. So make it look as dainty and nice as possible so the right brainers don't get all mushy on us, and give me PORTS and FUNCTION all, day, long, throw in a Netflix app and some consumer crap for good measure.

I'd love to see more in depth interviews with hardware makers like this. I would also have loved to see him dock it, and use it, printer and all. Nice interview.

Funny you mentioned Netflix since it was just put in the store less than an hour ago. It's pretty good.

I really like jacket idea. Maybe different versions. Maybe built in card reader or other peripherals for different professions (medical, legal, etc)

gohatters said,
I really like jacket idea. Maybe different versions. Maybe built in card reader or other peripherals for different professions (medical, legal, etc)

I am surprised we have not seen more of these type of jackets for other devices like the iPad.. but I am sure you will see a bunch of jacket type for those type of devices.

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Enough with the jackets! They didn't work well on the iPaq line. It was the most popular PDA at the time and had maybe a couple of specialized jackets which no one bought. They added too much overhead.

This is not "a unique invention which HP's come up with" its the idea they bought along with Compaq.
</rant>

KayMan2K said,
<rant>
Enough with the jackets! They didn't work well on the iPaq line. It was the most popular PDA at the time and had maybe a couple of specialized jackets which no one bought. They added too much overhead.


This is not "a unique invention which HP's come up with" its the idea they bought along with Compaq.
</rant>


But this is not a PDA, this is a Tablet to which as they have shown can be very useful.

SpyderCanopus said,
Is it just me, or do all of the Win8 tablets shown so far have a crappy LCD? Very dim and lacking contrast.

It's just you, and everyone else! Google seem to be playing encoding in the windows 8 tablet videos that get put on youtube. if you watch you'll see not only the tablet, but also things like the room decor and faces get washed out of colour. Try an alternate video streaming site and the windows 8 tablet are eye poppingly vibrant and spin sharp. I recon it's google trying to make their own android tablets look good... /s

Honestly though, some of the videos do seem a bit washed out and I don't know whats up with that, and as for the screens. I'm going to assume its the anti-glare they've got in it so it can be demo'd without too much reflection of the camera.

I've been saying this for a few years now and I can really seeing it coming true now.

Forget Windows Phone 8 phones, I think we'll be soon seeing Windows 8 Phones. Combined with this dock, we'll have our phone that we dock at the desk with a full screen display with keyboard and mouse.

sagum said,
I've been saying this for a few years now and I can really seeing it coming true now.

Forget Windows Phone 8 phones, I think we'll be soon seeing Windows 8 Phones. Combined with this dock, we'll have our phone that we dock at the desk with a full screen display with keyboard and mouse.

Absolutely, this is what I want.

Every HP machine I've ever owned is still working, so I'm hoping their new tablets will be on par with build quality. With their new focus supposedly going towards tablets, we might see some very compelling machines from HP...just hope they don't take too long.

Is it just me or does that look like a thin iMac (not the one in the video but the picture above that)?

Honestly though none of these tablets / hybrids from OEMs have the appeal that Surface does. It's a good thing MS designed their own one because (as usual) OEMs have proven to be incompetent at doing it.

Edited by -Razorfold, Oct 12 2012, 6:22pm :

-Razorfold said,
Is it just me or does that look like a thin iMac (not the one in the video but the picture above that)?

It's not just you. But how would you have designed it so that it doesn't remind people of mac?

rojorojo said,

It's not just you. But how would you have designed it so that it doesn't remind people of mac?

By not making it look like a Mac

rojorojo said,
It's not just you. But how would you have designed it so that it doesn't remind people of mac?

Well I don't mean the whole crap Apple claims they designed (rectangular with a black bezel etc). That large silver bottom just screams iMac to me.

Why is it that Microsoft can design an original product with some great technologies (look at surface) but OEMs can't?

-Razorfold said,

Well I don't mean the whole crap Apple claims they designed (rectangular with a black bezel etc). That large silver bottom just screams iMac to me.

Why is it that Microsoft can design an original product with some great technologies (look at surface) but OEMs can't?

I've always wondered this as well. From computers to smartphones.

-Razorfold said,

Well I don't mean the whole crap Apple claims they designed (rectangular with a black bezel etc). That large silver bottom just screams iMac to me.

Why is it that Microsoft can design an original product with some great technologies (look at surface) but OEMs can't?

Sorry man but I don't remember Apple inventing silver bottoms and why can people note that Apple stole most of their design from another company... for example

http://9gag.com/gag/5254724

It's helpless; The skewed vision and understanding of the designs of digital devices are rather sad.

You don't go and say a Vtech cordless phone looks like a Panasonic one or you don't say a Samsung washing machine looks hell of alike to a Whirlpool one. You simply cannot design a sedan that does not look like any other sedan, specially if they are in the same colour, and you cannot say the 3-series copied the C-Class because they placed the frontwheel in close proximity to where Mercedes' have theirs in relativity to the body.

nickcruz said,

Sorry man but I don't remember Apple inventing silver bottoms and why can people note that Apple stole most of their design from another company... for example

http://9gag.com/gag/5254724


I didn't say HP copied Apple did I? I just said it looks similar to an iMac, which it does.

You can easily design a tablet that's different, Microsoft proved it with their FIRST tablet. Why is it that MS can design something like Surface and other OEMs can't?

And yes you can design a sedan that doesn't look like other sedans, sorry but your example is bull****. Nobody confuses a mercedes C class and a BMW 3 series, they stll have 4 wheels but their design has big differences.