Windows 8 officially becomes available at the end of this month, and that means we’re going to see a whole lot of new Windows 8-friendly hardware popping into stores soon. One device businessmen and women can expect is the HP ElitePad 900, a new tablet designed with productivity in mind.
The ElitePad 900 is a 10.1” tablet with a 16 x 10 aspect ratio. When it becomes available, it will run Windows 8 (not the ARM-powered RT version), and will run on an Intel Ivy Bridge processor. The tablet has a 1080p front-facing camera and an 8 MP rear-facing camera. The audio comes courtesy of SRS Audio.
Besides Evernote integration, the only bit of software especially worth mentioning is PageLift. PageLift takes pictures that you capture of paper documents or whiteboards and automatically edits the image by straightening it out and adjusting the lighting.
The ElitePad 900 is built for the office and the field – it has military-grade durability, and is protected from drops, dust, and high and low temperatures. The display is beefed up with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, and the body is made of CNC-machined aluminum.
Unfortunately, a lot of functionality is going to be tied to extra accessories that will need to be purchased separately. The Productivity Jacket will feature a keyboard, an SD card reader, and will allow you to adjust the viewing angle of the tablet. The Expansion Jacket adds to that by bringing in USB and HDMI ports and an external battery. The presence of USB ports on the tablet itself hasn’t been confirmed. The Rugged Case is a military-grade protective case (for a military-grade tablet). The Docking Station adds an extra keyboard and monitor, charging your tablet and allowing you to use the tablet as a secondary screen. The HP Executive Tablet Pen is a separately sold stylus for the ElitePad 900.
The HP ElitePad 900 will be available sometime in January of 2013. Pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet, but hopefully it’s a little on the affordable side, because, with the information we have now, it looks like an awful lot of functionality is being shunted off onto those accessories.