HP have enjoyed some success with the 10.1-inch HP Slate 10, and they launched the 10.1-inch Full HD Android tablet HP 10 Plus in July, but now there’s yet another 10.1-inch Android tablet on the way from HP.
The as of yet unofficial tablet is called HP Pro Slate 10 EE G1, and shares most of the specs with the Windows version of this tablet, the HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1.
Which means that apart from running Android OS, it has the same Intel Atom Z3735F processor, 10.1-inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB/64GB storage with microSD card expansion, 1.2MP/2MP front camera options, and a 5MP rear camera.
There’s optional 3G/4G in some markets, in addition to the dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
But most noteworthy is probably the integrated digitizer in this tablet. It’s not a full size digitizer pen, but should still provide some additional features, mainly for productivity.
Samsung have enjoyed tremendous success with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets with this kind of digitizers (made useful by a large amount of features), so it’s a smart move by HP, if they get it right.
The HP Pro Slate 10 EE G1 is ruggedized to IP52, so it can take a little moisture, but not to the extent that the waterproof Sony tablets can. For accessories, there’s a Bluetooth keyboard and sleeve made for it as well.
This new Android tablet will be launched during Q1 of 2015, with the entry prices being in the $279 – $400 region.
– Tom Bowen