HP is bringing two new tablets to market today with the announcement of their HP Pro Slate 12 and HP Pro Slate 8. We don’t typically see HP in the tablet market, and if you’re like me you still commonly think of them as a computer manufacturer cranking out laptops and desktops. With today’s announcement, HP is “driving a business-first approach to mobility” as both these new tablets are meant to cater to professionals who need productivity power as well as anyone who is looking for a tablet that comes with some decent specs.
Both tablets are designed with people in the workforce in mind, meaning HP designed these tablets while thinking of professionals and people in the field. As such, they also made sure that the tablets would be able to stand up to a little bit of whatever life throws at them by fitting the HP Pro Slate 8 with Gorilla Glass 4 from Corning, making the Pro Slate 8 the first tablet on the market to be made with Corning’s toughest glass to date. The HP Pro Slate 12 features Corning Concore Glass. HP is calling these “high-definition commercial-grade tablets,” So they should definitely hold up for business professionals and people in the workforce, or anyone who needs a slightly more durable tablet that can stand up to everyday life.
Both the HP Pro Slate 8 and the Pro Slate 12 are equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, (in fact they both feature mostly the same specs across the board when it comes to the hardware) so it’s not the newest CPU to date by any means but it should be more than fine for most users. They both support 4:3 aspect ratio so users can view documents on them easily, or in case you or your kids need to type up a couple documents and get some school work done. The Pro Slate 8 features a 7.9-inch display with a 2048 x 1536 resolution, and it runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, and it support HP’s new accessory called the Duet Pen stylus developed by Qualcomm using their digital pen technology. The HP Pro Slate 12 features a 12.3-inch display, but unfortunately features a lower resolution than the Pro Slate 8, coming in at 1600 x 1200. You’ll find an 8MP rear facing camera on the Pro Slate 12, as well as a 2MP front-facing camera, 32GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. The smaller HP Pro Slate 8 will cost consumers $449, while the HP Pro Slate 12 will be just a little bit more at $569.