Maker of expensive printer ink, HP has decided that a way out of its current financial woes is to flood the world with business tablets.
The outfit announced two additions to its leading business tablet lineup, both of which are available with matching accessories to help transform tablets, into what the smart businessperson about town wants to pull out of their bulky dossiers.
The HP ElitePad 1000 has been sexed up with a brighter and more durable touch screen with a 16:10 screen-aspect ratio, 4G connectivity and 64-bit capabilities.
Then there is the LP ProPad 600 with long battery life.
HP has also expanded its HP Mobile Connect, the international mobile service offering for business customers, with fully integrated devices and local plans now available in additional European markets.
The printer maker is hoping to cash in on the fact that 21 percent of employees requesting a tablet from their IT managers. Not only do the IT managers have to configure the gear to fit into the networks they also have to make it secure.
Kobi Elbaz, vice president, Commercial Personal Systems, Printing and Personal Systems Group, HP EMEA said that the line between work and life has blurred to the point that it’s now a true blend, where employees increasingly require stylish, business-ready, always-connected mobile devices that don’t make any sacrifices to productivity, reliability or security.
The new HP ElitePad business tablet features Windows 8.1 and 64-bit x86 compatibility is HP’s thinnest tablet ever – just 9.2mm thin and weighing 1.5 pounds. It is a 10.1-inch diagonal Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array (WUXGA) multi-touch panel that is outdoor viewable. Under the bonnet is an optional Qualcomm GobiTM 4G LTE modem.
The new HP ProPad is built for businesses whose employees spend as much time out of the office as in it. No matter how long the day gets or where work takes them, employees can stay productive with the latest Intel Atom™ Quad-Core chip, long battery life, Windows 8.1, preloaded HP apps and up to 64GB of storage—plus a microSD expansion slot for 32GB more space.
The HP ProPad connects to the network with Bluetooth 4.0 and integrated HP ePrint software. In the office, employees can share files, photos and videos with the built-in micro-HDMI and a 10-inch high-res WUXGA Gorilla Glass display or share to a wireless display via Miracast.
The HP ElitePad is expected to be available in EMEA from March 2014 and The HP ProPad 600 will be available in EMEA from April 2014, no mention of prices yet.