HP ElitePad 1000

Hewlett-Packard’s business tablet portfolio today received to new additions with the release of upgraded HP ElitePad 1000 and a new HP ProPad 600 device.

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, HP said the Windows 8.1-based tablets are designed to bridge professional and personal use.

The ElitePad was upgraded with a brighter more durable touchscreen with a 16:10 screen-aspect ratio, 4G connectivity and 64-bit capabilities. The ProPad 600 come with x86 compatibility.

The ElitePad will have a starting price of $739, while price for the ProPad 600 will be released closer to its release date in April.

HP also introduced the HP TX1 POS Solution. It is a ProPad-based point-of-sales solution tablet for the retail sector.

Also announced today was the HP Pavillion x360, a touch convertible PC. It comes with a 360-degree hinge that allows the device to be used a laptop or a tablet. The 3.08-lb device comes with an 11.6-inch HD multi-touch screen. It is powered by a Pentium processor. It has a starting price of $399.99.

According to HP as many as 21 per cent of employees in the enterprise space are now requesting tablet devices from their IT managers.

The company said its 64-bit, x86-compatible ElitePad is HP’s thinnest tablet yet. It is 9.2 mm thin and weighs 1.5 pounds. Its 10.1 inch multi-touch Gorilla Glass 3 display screen can be viewed outdoors. The device has a machined aluminum unibody chassis.

The ProPad comes with an Atom Quad Core processor, a long life battery, up to 64GB of storage plus a microSD expansion slot for up to 32GB of additional space.