HP announces ElitePad 900 – drop resistant Windows 8 tablet

HP has taken the wraps off a new Windows 8 tablet offering, the HP ElitePad 900. While it looks every inch the mainstream tablet challenger, though, it’s going to be a tough device aimed squarely at business users.

With a machined aluminium back cover, tapered edges and a shiny black fascia there’s definitely something of the iPad to the HP ElitePad 900 design. But while it has the premium feel of Apple’s tablet for the masses, the ElitePad won’t be competing directly.

HP means business. This new Windows 8 tablet has been named according to the PC giant’s high-end laptop range. Like those, it has been made to military-grade durability requirements, so it can survive drops and bumps far better than other tablets.

As you’d probably expect from such a sturdy device, at 680 grams it’s even heavier than the latest iPad – although at just 9.2mm thick it’s a little skinnier.

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When it comes to specs, you get a 10-inch 1280×800 IPS display with a somewhat unusual 16:10 aspect ratio.

Underneath that, the ElitePad 900 runs on Intel’s Clover Trail processor with a healthy 2GB of RAM. As this spec suggests, the OS served up here is full Windows 8, so it’ll be able to run anything a laptop can while maintaining 10 hours of battery life.

For storage there’s the option of a 32GB or a 64GB model, with a microSD card slot should that still not prove enough. Meanwhile there’s an 8-megapixel camera around back and a 1080p camera for video calls on the front.

The ElitePad 900 is connected up to the hilt, with Wi-Fi, 3G (and 4G in the US) and NFC capabilities all built in. In a final nod to its business clientele, the ElitePad 900 has a removable battery.

HP has revealed that ElitePad 900 won’t be making a showing along with Windows 8 on October 26 – we’ll have to wait until January for a US release. Pricing is unknown at this point.

What is known is that the ElitePad 900 will ship with a choice of ‘Smart Jackets,’ which serve the dual purpose of protecting the tablet and bolstering its abilities when stationary. Whether it’s supplying additional juice, a portable keyboard or additional connectivity, there should be a jacket for every business user.

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