There’s been good reason why HP has been so quiet on the tablet front lately. On Wednesday, the world’s second largest PC maker unveiled five new models, including a rebranded version of Nvidia’s Tegra Note.
The company announced the HP Slate 7 Extreme, the Slate 8 Pro, the Omni 10 Slate, the Slate 7 HD and Slate the 10 HD on Wednesday as well as its latest convertible models. As if that wasn't enough, the firm also unveiled the innovative HP Envy Leap 17 Leap Motion Special Edition notebook, which lets you control apps with hand and finger movements in the air.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the five new tablets and two hybrids. The tablets are expected to debut in November, with price details still to be confirmed:
The entry-level tablet has a 7-inch 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display, the Tegra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core processor, dual-facing cameras (2MP front facing, 5MP snapper on the rear), a micro SD slot, and comes included with a super-sensitive stylus that is based on Nvidia’s DirectStylus technology.
The Slate 8 Pro is largely geared up for “professional” users. There’s an 8-inch 1600 x 1200 resolution display (4:3 aspect ratio), Nvidia’s Tegra 4 CPU, dual-facing cameras (front-facing 2MP, rear-facing 5MP), Beats Audio and some useful pre-loaded apps in the form of Kingsoft Office, HP File Manager and Skype.
Back on the consumer front, the Omni 10 features a 10-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, Windows 8.1, the Intel Atom Z3000 processor and comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office. The battery life is quoted at nine hours.
The Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD feature similar specs. Both have 1280 x 800 resolution displays (albeit with screen sizes of 7-inch and 10-inch respectively), the Marvell PXA986 processor and run Android 4.2.2, with connections on-board for micro SD and micro USB connections.
That might sound ordinary but both tablets do come with free wireless data from T-Mobile (in the U.S) for two years.
Away from the standalone tablets, HP also took the wraps off the Pavilion x2 and Spectre x2 Windows 8 convertibles.
Each model is able to flip between notebook and tablet modes, with the former – reportedly a replacement for HP's popular Envy range -- providing a detachable display, Beats Audio and dual Full HD webcams.
There are two options for screen sizes – 11.6-inches (the Pavilion 11 x2) or 13-inches (the Pavilion 13 x2). The 13-inch edition can be fitted with a 500GB hard drive.
The Spectre 13 x2 is said to be the first fan-less detachable Ultrabook based on Intel’s fourth-gen Haswell Core processor. It also boasts Beats Audio, a 1080p display and runs Windows 8.1.