HP’s new ElitePad 900 looks like the perfect Windows 8 tablet for the jobsite

| Published on October 10, 2012

Last week, HP announced a tough tablet built specifically for enterprise that seeks to offer all the advantages of mobile hardware with the convenience of compatability with all the legacy applications you depend on at the office and on the jobsite.

The ElitePad 900 runs the upcoming Windows 8 operating system and features a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 multi-touch display made out of Corning’s tough Gorilla Glass 2. The tablet’s body is made from a machined aluminum and weighs in at 1.5 pounds (the same as the first generation iPad, though slightly heavier than the new third-generation). At 9.2 millimeters thick, it is 0.2 mm thinner than the newest iPad, though slightly thicker than the iPad 2.

What’s impressive is that, even with those slight dimensions, the ElitePad 900 meets the military MIL-spec 810G durability standard and can survive a 3-foot drop.

The device is powered by Intel’s 1.8 gigahertz Atom-based Clover Trail processor with 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage space. The tablet has an 8 megapixel camera with flash on the back and a camera that shoots 1080p HD video on the front.

But HP has also designed an array of accessories for the ElitePad. There’s a Bluetooth keyboard and a dock that features, among others, USB, HDMI and Ethernet ports. There’s also a nifty stylus for pen input and what HP calls a Productivity Jacket that, in addition to acting as an extra bit of protection for the device, adds a USB, HDMI, and memory card ports, as well as a slot for an expanded battery.

That Productivity Jacket battery adds an extra 80 percent of battery life to the ElitePad’s claimed 10-hour span. The extra bit of weight definitely seems worth it for the added protection and 18 hours of battery life you’d get on the jobsite.

It’s early on, but if a contractor or construction IT manager is looking at rolling out Windows 8 and Windows 8 devices, check out HP’s latest. The ElitePad 900 combines a full desktop OS, tablet software, and a ton of ports, thanks to the docking station and Productivity Jacket, all in a thin and light package that is also military spec.

Unfortunately, no pricing is available as of yet, but HP says to expect that info closer to the device’s U.S. launch in January 2013.

You can find out more and sign up for notifications about the new device by clicking here.

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