While there’s nothing in this tablet to keep CIOs awake at night, the ElitePad is not the kind of product employees on a BYOD programme is likely to choose.
HP is slow to market. As Engadget reports, the ElitePad 900 isn’t scheduled to hit the market until January. Windows 8 launches at the end of this month (October) along with a slew of new computers and tablets. Presumably a couple of months delay probably won’t worry HP’s core customers.
The ElitePad’s positioning is curious. HP already offers the Envy X2, effectively a laptop that can morph into a tablet by detaching the screen. While the Windows 8 ElitePad 900 sits closer to the tablet end of the spectrum, judging by the first pictures, there’s still a whiff of the laptop about the device. And it has a stylus.
Overall the specification is impressive. HP says the device should give around 10 hours from a single battery charge and there’s generous on-board storage. The big question mark is the price.