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HP Tablet Wears A Smart Jacket

HP attack the tablet market and kit its new 10″ out with Smart Jackets and Windows 8, after the disastrous release of Web OS based tabs last year.

HP’s business tab, ElitePad 900, is optimised for Windows 8, supports touch-and pen-input, and has optional ‘Smart Jackets’, which give additional connectivity options including USB, HDMI, keyboard (see below). 

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The 10.1″ HP ElitePad is light at just 0.68-kilos and is 9.2 mm thin, and runs a next generation Intel mobile processor.

Other features include: 1080p front-facing video camera, 8MP rear cam with LED flash, CyberLink YouCam software that lets users create HD videos, useful for training and other corporate functions.

Looks wise, ElitePad is finished with CNC-machined aluminum and Corning Gorilla Glass 2.

“Businesses used to face a tough purchase decision: How to find a product that will delight employees and help them be more productive, while also making sure IT can secure and manage it,” said Todd Bradley, E HP Exec VP, Printing and Personal Systems,

“The HP ElitePad meets all those tests. It combines the great style and user experience consumers demand with the features IT requires.”

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Other unique features on the business tab include HP PageLift, an application that automatically trims, orients a captured image of a document or whiteboard without needing to be edited manually; CyberLink Media suite; Evernote, which captures and syncs info from devices and Skitch imaging software.

It also boasts enterprise-calibre data and identity protection from HP Client Security, including BIOS Protection, Security Manager and Drive Encryption.

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HP ElitePad 900 is expected to be available here in early 2013 starting at $899 AUD, with a one-year base warranty.

Here the lowdown on HP Smart Jackets:

– ElitePad Productivity Jacket — includes integrated keyboard, connectivity ports, SD card reader and adjustable viewing angles.

– ElitePad Expansion Jacket — adds USB, HDMI and other connectivity options. Add longer battery life when bundled with the optional HP ElitePad Jacket battery.

– ElitePad Rugged Case — provides “military-grade reliability”

– ElitePad Docking Station — enterprise-class desktop experience with an added keyboard and monitor that also charges the tablet.

– Executive Tablet Pen — write messages and notes in their natural handwriting directly on screen and then save or convert to typed text for use in other applications.