Hewlett-Packard hopes to improve their products in the faltering market by introducing large-screen Android tablets. Dubbed as the new Pro Slate 12, which flaunts a rugged 12.3-inch display and its has the ability to digitize notes from regular paper.
The tablet has a durable screen based on Corning's Concore Glass technology, which protects the glass from high drops on rough surfaces and can withstand pressure too. It is also the first tablet in the market with a "Duet Pen" stylus that can be used to take notes on paper and on the tablet.
The Pro Slate 12 is one of many ElitePad, Pro Slate and Pro Tablets with Android and Windows OS installed, announced HP on Tuesday. Screen sizes may vary from 8 inches to 12 inches for this new tablet.
The tablet weighs 850 grams, which is incredibly light for a device of such size. Other features include a micro-SD slot and a micro-USB 2.0 port. It does not include USB 3.0 or HDMI ports.
The new HP tablet has a 1600 x 1200-pixel resolution display. It has Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 32GB of flash storage, 2GB of RAM and the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking. The Pro slate 12 has a 2-megapixel front facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. Qualcomm's integrated graphics has the ability to render high-definition video.
The Pro Slate 12, which carries a proice tag of $569 (approx Rs. 35,047) seems to be a risky product considering the fact that only Android tablets with screen sizes between 7 inches and 10 inches have sold well. But HP needs to introduced a tablet that will take on Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, which started shipping early last year.
HP is getting ready to split its PC and enterprise organizations into two companies. The company seems to strengthen its consumer and business PC and mobile product lines with different prices, screen sizes and operating systems.
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