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HP Unveils the ElitePad 900 Business Tablet

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HP today introduced the HP ElitePad 900, a tablet that balances a beautiful design with enterprise-grade features, functionality and support.

Designed for business and government, it features HP ElitePad Smart Jackets, which add connectivity options and an additional ultra-slim battery for longer runtime, along with specific add-ons that customize the tablet for specialized uses.

The HP ElitePad is an ultrathin, lightweight tablet designed for Windows 8 that delivers features to keep IT managers happy and touts a design that employees will crave. It 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.

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I know this will be expensive!
 
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Reminds me my good old Compaq iPaq and its jackets.
 
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Probably but that also depends somewhat on your definition of expensive.

Looking at HP’s past offerings they were asking about ~$800 for a small Atom based PC tablet which obviously wasn’t very powerful. They haven’t disclosed all the relevant specs and the photos don’t show enough of the exterior design. However, it doesn’t look like there are uniform symmetric vents. On a PC x86 tablet that suggest low power and likely low performance.

In other words this isn’t likely an i5 or i7 based tablet.
 
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They have a great video of the HP ElitePad 900 here with some interesting accessories too:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/01/hp-elitepad-900-windows-8-tablet-announced/

Specs are as follows:

Intel Atom Clover Trail processor
2GB of RAM
32 or 64GB SSD
1,280 x 800
8-megapixel rear camera
1080p front camera
microSD cards
3G / 4G SIMs.
10 hours of runtime

The cnet you tube video was claiming January at ~$700.

I already have an Asus Eee slate EP121 Intel Core i5 PC tablet that came with Windows 7. I upgraded it to Windows 8 and its running fairly well but with about half the battery life if I am lucky. During heavy use it will probably only get about ~3hrs rather then ~5hrs. You almost always have to tradeoff performance for battery life though. I have a portable battery solution I can plug into it if necessary.