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HP Pro Slate 12 tablet its first with Concore Glass, Duet Pen tech

Agam Shah | Jan. 21, 2015
Hewlett-Packard hopes to bring momentum into the faltering market for large-screen Android tablets with the new Pro Slate 12, which stands out with a rugged 12.3-inch display and its ability to digitize notes from regular paper.

The Pro Slate 10 EE, which has a 10.1-inch diagonal screen, is targeted at schools and has a basic feature set. It has a quad-core Intel Atom chip based on the Bay Trail architecture, and a 2-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rear camera. It has only 802.11 b/g/n wireless, but a micro-HDMI port allows the tablet to be connected to external displays. It weighs 855 grams, making it heavier than the Pro Slate 12. The extra weight could be due to extra ports and the heavier motherboard. The tablet starts at $279.

Other tablets announced by HP run on Intel chips and have Windows 8.1. The HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Rugged Tablet, which starts at $1,599, has a 10.1-inch screen that can display images at a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. It has 128GB of storage, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 2.1-megapixel front camera, 8-megapixel rear camera, one HDMI and two USB 3.0 ports. It also has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and optional 3G/LTE connectivity. Depending on features, the device's weight starts at 1.45 kilograms. HP is also selling a variant of the tablet for the healthcare market.

HP's 10-inch Pro Tablet 10 EE, which starts at $299 for education customers and $349 in retail, and Pro Tablet 408 G1, which starts at $299, are entry-level tablets for businesses. The tablets have Intel Atom chips, up to 64GB of storage, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, front and rear cameras and micro-USB 2.0 and micro-HDMI ports.

 

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