Following HP’s unsuccessful attempt with the TouchPad, which was discontinued last summer, it seemed unlikely that the company would want to re-enter a market largely dominated by the likes of Apple’s iPad and a variety of other Android-based tablets out there. According to Engadget, however, the US-based computer hardware company seems more than willing to give the tablet game another shot. Right after the recent announcement of a new series of HP products, representatives from the company hinted at the release of an “enterprise-ready” tablet, which is likely to be unveiled sometime during the near future.
As pointed out by Engadget, the mysterious tablet can be assumed to be HP’s much discussed “Slate 8,” the alleged specs of which have been leaked about a month ago. If what was supposedly revealed appears to be true, then the new HP tablet will likely feature a 10.1-inch screen, Windows 8 platform, multi-touch or pen-based input, approximately 8 to 10 hours of battery life, and an “enterprise” docking station. The tablet is also likely to weigh at around 1.5 pounds, and feature a thickness of roughly 9.2 mm.
According to The Channel, unlike most of the tablets within the market, the new HP tablet will reportedly not be geared towards ordinary consumers, but rather towards professional business organizations and communities. If true, it is not unreasonable to expect an impressive array of hardware and processing capabilities, along with a high, if not unreasonably expensive, price tag. Analysts from The Channel attribute HP’s strategy to the rising and “hardening” demand for tablets within the business sector.
With HP’s new tablet still being subject to rumors and speculations, it is best to wait until the company makes further announcements before surmising the rest of the product’s specs. It is reported that the announcement and launch date may take place during or shortly after the official Windows 8 launch period.