Anybody looking for one or two new business-oriented Windows 8.1 tablets? Maybe something with not the greatest, sturdiest build in the world, but a little less affordable than conventional gadgets targeted at enterprise users? HP has you covered.
The PC market’s former champ, now mere silver medalist, might be planning to focus more on Android gadgets going forward, but the company’s Mobile World Congress product lineup is still dominated by Windows.
The Win-based pair making the headlines consists of a fresh 10-incher called ProPad 600, as well as a sequel to last year’s ElitePad 900, fittingly dubbed ElitedPad 1000. Now, the ProPad 600 is the one I was telling you about, as it’s nowhere near as elegant and robust as most other business slates, but it’s bound to be cheap.
How cheap? My guesstimate is not a penny north of $550, though you’d be better off waiting until April to be sure. On the hardware side of things, the ProPad 600 is not as disappointing as the plastic exterior suggests, sporting a 1,920 x 1,200 pix res panel, quad-core Intel Bay Trail chip, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB on-board storage, 8,380 mAh battery, HDMI connectivity and an 8 MP rear-facing camera.
As for the ElitePad 1000, its specs and features aren’t far apart from its plastic-made cousin. In fact, the only notable differences are this second thing is constructed out of premium aluminum, and the internal storage is doubled, to 128 GB. Price tag, ETA? $739, March.