Meet HP’s Slate 8 Pro Business Tablet

Late last year, Hewlett Packard released the Slate 8 Pro, an 8-inch Android tablet with an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. According to reports, a business model of the said tablet PC has just been released, aptly called the Slate 8 Pro Business tablet. Check it out below.

HP Slate 8 Pro Business tablet PC

Slate 8 Pro Business packs KitKat, Tegra 4

The Business model is pretty much like its consumer-centric brother in terms of tech specs. It packs an 8-inch WVA TFT LCD display with a 1600 x 1200 pixel resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It’s powered by a 1.8 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 processor, 1 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and a 16 GB SSD. Other features include a 720p front-facing camera, an 8 MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, a micro USB 2.0 port, a micro HDMI port, and a microSD card slot. The Slate 8 Pro Business has WiFi (Miracast compatible) and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. According to the tech specs, it can provide eleven and a half hours of video playback on a single charge, courtesy of its 2-cell 21 WHr Li-ion polymer battery.

The slate will measure 8.66 x 5.57 x 0.39 in (220 x 141.5 x 9.9 mm) and weigh around a pound (453.59 g). This depends on the configuration though.

So what’s the difference between this and last year’s model? Well, a couple of things. This will ship out with Google’s latest OS, Android 4.4 KitKat and will pack NFC capabilities too.

Pricing and Availability

The other difference is that it is 20 dollars more expensive than the consumer version released last year. The Slate 8 Pro Business tablet is already available at HP’s online store and it retails for US $349.

It doesn’t look like much of an update, does it? The Slate 8 Pro is one of the faster Android devices out there, considering the Tegra 4 CPU, but we’re sure customers were hoping for more than a software update. The RAM, for one, could use an upgrade.

Here’s some food for thought. With a little more money, you can get Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (US $399). It packs a sharper 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution display and a zippier 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (US $379) and the Apple iPad mini with Retina display (US $399) also have better specs and screen quality.

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