Jan 20 AT 12:30 PM Sean Riley 1 Comment

HP bolsters tablet lineup with 8 and 12-inch Android offerings, stylus in tow

Pro-Slate-12-in-folio

HP hasn’t been topping any lists for best Android tablet of late, but perhaps the Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12 will turn their fortunes around by encroaching on Samsung’s Note territory.

HP-DuetPenEach tablet features a stylus, dubbed the “Duet Pen” by HP, that utilizes Qualcomm’s UltraSound pen technology to duplicate whatever you write (on screen or off) by detecting the sound with five on-board microphones. We haven’t had a chance to try this out ourselves, but early reviews have indicated that it does transfer the text in real-time with no discernible lag. So for those that want to keep their paper notebook, but still have a digital copy available without scanning this could be a big selling point.

The DuetPen is definitely the headline feature for the tablets, the rest of the specs are fairly run-of-the-mill with many shared by the two:

  • Snapdragon 800 processor (2.3GHz)
  • 2GB RAM
  • microSD slot (supports up to 32GB), nano SIM, ZIF connector with pogo pins
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 8MP rear camera

The Pro Slate 8 is available with 16 or 32GB internal storage with the Pro Slate 12 only available with 32GB. The screen size and resolution are the distinguishing factors with the Pro Slate 8 coming in at 7.9 inches at 2,048 x 1,536 whereas the Pro Slate 12 is 12.3 inches and sports a rather disappointing 1,600 x 1,200 resolution.

HP-Pro-Slate-8-with-pen

At launch both tablets will be running Android 4.4 KitKat with some HP apps sprinkled in for good measure.

Both tablets are available starting today and prices on the tablets are on the high side, befitting their business focus, with the Pro Slate 8 selling for $449 and the Pro Slate 12 $569. While they could certainly be used as general purpose Android tablets, the pen has to be the feature that is selling you here, because there are better and cheaper options out there otherwise.

Do you see business people or students picking up on these HPs for the Duet Pen?

Show Press Release

HP Drives “Business-First” Approach to Mobility
New Devices, Services and Network of Partners Work Together to Create Solutions That Are Built for the Way You Work

PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwired – Jan 20, 2015) – HP (NYSE: HPQ) today unveiled new commercial mobility solutions that transform the workplace and unlock the power of productivity. Eight new mobile devices, an ecosystem of accessories and new strategic relationships allow companies to streamline and simplify their business operations while providing the IT department confidence the task can be managed securely.

“Mobile devices are changing how we live and work, and they also pose significant challenges to IT departments who have to support their now mobile workforces while keeping corporate data managed and secure,” said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president and general manager, Personal Systems, HP. “HP is the world’s largest commercial computing provider to the world’s largest companies. No other company is better suited to address commercial mobility than HP. Our devices feature built-in security, manageability and durability. When paired with our ISVs’ robust solutions, HP has created an ecosystem that helps companies to powerfully and securely harness the promise of mobility.”

Mobility not only changes where people work, but how they work. The current approach to business mobility is to retrofit consumer devices and attempt to make them enterprise-ready, or drive customer lock-in to a single platform or device.

HP is taking a modular approach featuring secure, purpose-built devices. By supporting multiple operating systems, HP is giving business customers a choice of application eco-systems and user experiences. When coupled with the new software offerings from HP and its partners, the company has created a complete mobility solution for all businesses — including education, field service, healthcare, public safety and retail industries.

Purpose-built devices to mobilize the workforce
New tablets and 2-in-1devices running Microsoft Windows operating system, along with new tablets built on Google’s Android™ operating system, all feature built-in security and can be tailored to meet specific use-case requirements with a focus on embracing business mobility. These new devices include:

HP Pro Slate 8 and HP Pro Slate 12 are high-definition1 (HD) commercial-grade Android tablets. Available in 8-inch or 12-inch diagonal displays respectively, the tablets are powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 series processor2, and support a 4:3 aspect ratio to easily view business documents and access business applications. Less than 8 mm thin, these lightweight tablets offer powerful computing and business-day battery life3 with enterprise-grade security and manageability. Both devices are designed with business productivity in mind featuring a wide range of accessories enabled by HP’s Zero Force connector. HP Pro Slate 8 is one of the first tablets to market using Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4, Corning’s toughest cover glass to date.
HP Duet Pen, the first to use Qualcomm Snapdragon digital pen technology4 on both a tablet and regular paper, is included with the HP Pro Slate 8 and HP Pro Slate 12. The pen is part of the HP’s Blended Reality Ecosystem, helping employees be more productive and create easily shareable content by writing and digitizing input from the device’s screen or via a regular sheet of paper using the HP Paper Folio5.

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 6 years and covering mobile for the last 7. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • Bart

    I guess for those that still feel the need to write on paper, this is a great tool. I’d prefer to just write on the screen, which in fact I do with my Samsung Note3 and NotePro 12.1 and using the MyScript Smart Note app. But I can see where under certain circumstances, business people would want an immediate hardcopy in case the device or app crashes.