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Hewlett-Packard business-friendly ElitePad 900 Windows 8 tablet is likely to appeal to conservative corporate buyers who don’t want to stray too far from their comfort zone.

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.

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