HP is to launch a new 8-inch Windows 8 tablet with pen support in 2015 with the model name HP Pro Tablet 408 G1.
This Windows tablet will be announced by HP soon, but we have the specs already, so there’s no reason to wait with the specs until it’s launched.
HP calls the HP Pro Tablet 408 G1 a business tablet, which explains the TPM 2.0 data encryption and manageability features with cloud based HP Touchpoint Manager. HP still says that this tablet will be affordable though.
The specs are generally a notch higher than that of their latest (and first) 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet, the HP Stream 8 tablet that has free cellular 4G LTE data.
There are various models of the 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet HP Pro Tablet 408 G1. Some of the options are between Windows 8.1 with Bing and Windows 8.1 Pro, both of which are 32-bit. Storage options are between 32GB and 64GB with 128 GB microSD card support, and there are options between Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models as well.
The standard specifications are an 8-inch IPS screen with 1280 x 800 resolution and 10-point multi-touch support. The processor is the quad-core 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3736F processor with 2.16 GHz burst speed.
Thankfully it has 2GB of DDR3L SDRAM. Wi-Fi connectivity comes from dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, with Bluetooth 4.0 support.
The remaining specs include stereo speakers, a microphone, a micro-HDMI port, a micro-B USB 2.0 port, WiDi, a 2MP front camera, and a 8MP rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash. The sensors are accelerometer, eCompass, ambient light sensor, hall effect sensor, GPS/AGPS, GLONASS, and proximity sensor.
It is 9 mm thick, and weighs 375 gram. The battery capacity is 4800 mAh from a Li-ion polymer battery. The only color of the tablet is dark grey / black graphite.
Software apps or features on this business tablet depends on the model option, but will generally include Office 365 Personal, HP ePrint, HP PageLift, HP Connected Photo, HP Wireless Hotspot, HP Touchpoint Manager support, Skype, HP Mobile Connect (EMEA Only), and Adobe Shockwave Player.
On the business tablet and security side, it comes pre-installed with Firmware TPM, HP Client Security, HP Device Access Manager with Just In Time Authentication, HP Password Manager, HP File Sanitizer, HP Security Manager, HP SpareKey, HP Automatic DriveLock, HP BIOS Protection, HP DriveLock, Hybrid Boot, Master Record Security, Measured Boot, Power On Authentication, Secure Boot, HP Secure Erase, and the standard Microsoft Defender.
The most outstanding feature and the thing that really makes this tablet is the support for the HP Pro Tablet 408 Active Pen. Unfortunately this is also the thing that we know the least about so far, but in HP’s own words, the properties of the pen enables: “you to write naturally on your HP Pro Tablet 408 G1 screen and navigate touchscreen activities.”
It will be sold as an accessory, just like a HP 8″ Value Bluetooth Keyboard Case will be sold separately.
This tablet is the only 8-inch Windows 8.1 alternative to the Asus VivoTab Note 8, a tablet that tends to lie in the $199 – $249 price range. HP’s model has some additional business features, but prices shouldn’t become too high just because of that.
This tablet will launch in early 2015.
– Tom Bowen