Windows 8-based HP ElitePad 900 tablet announced

Several months ago, Neowin first posted a slide from an internal HP presentation, showing a render for the Slate 8, their name for an upcoming Windows 8-based tablet made for business users. Later, the back of an unnamed HP tablet that looked similar to the device in the slide showed up in a TV commercial, as well as on HP's own website.

Today, HP seems to have finally confirmed the existence of this Windows 8 tablet. Engadget reports that HP has revealed plans to release what it is now calling the ElitePad 900. The 10.1 inch tablet is being made specifically for enterprise users.

The tablet will weigh 1.5 pounds and will be 9.2mm thick. The article says it is running an unnamed version of Intel's Clover Trail processor and will have 2 GB of RAM. It can come with either 32 or 64 GB SSDs and also has an eight megapixel camera and a front facing camera, along with a microSD card slot.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the HP ElitePad 900 is its support for two optional cases, which HP is calling Smart Jackets. One of them, the Productivity Jacket, gives the tablet a keyboard, a full SD card reader and a way to adjust the tablet for more viewing angles. The other product is the Expansion Jacket, which adds two USB ports, a HDMI port, a full SD card and a way to add yet another battery to the tablet.

HP will also sell a rugged case to protect the tablet from falls and there will be an docking station sold that adds both a keyboard and monitor for the tablet. However, the HP ElitePad 900 won't be ready for the Windows 8 launch later this month. HP is holding off until January 2013 to release the tablet. Pricing has yet to be revealed.

Source: Engadget | Image via HP/Engadget

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I'm curious, but am I the only one that hasn't been looking forward to any other windows 8 tablet except the surface? These other ones just don't seem as exciting...

from a dead front view that would have to look more like an iPad than anything Samsung have been to court for.

For me all these tablets will have similar specs, so its the design that will wow me and so far the only really good looking W8 tablet is the surface. The above looks horrible, cheap and tacky.

Yeah... But why waiting january 2013 ??? Isn't too late ??? It could has been a better idea to release it before Surface pro... while there wasn't too much competitors on the pro segment, no ?

Wireless wookie said,
Yeah... But why waiting january 2013 ??? Isn't too late ??? It could has been a better idea to release it before Surface pro... while there wasn't too much competitors on the pro segment, no ?

If I'm not mistaken, Microsoft isn't allowing anyone to release products like the Surface before they release the Surface. I could be wrong, though. I think I read that they even have to wait some time after the release.

Wireless wookie said,
Yeah... But why waiting january 2013 ??? Isn't too late ??? It could has been a better idea to release it before Surface pro... while there wasn't too much competitors on the pro segment, no ?

I think it's because the intel processor won't be ready this year?

BajiRav said,

I think it's because the intel processor won't be ready this year?

But I thought Surface for Windows 8 Pro would use the Core i5 processor (Ivy Bridge) rather than the Atom Clover Trail processor?

Looks aside I like the jacket idea, it's not just another simple KB dock but also adds some good extra stuff into the mix.

Im all for choice and the more options the better but imo something about it is kinda fugly. Maybe the curved edges and two tone approach.