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HP Pro Slate 8 & Pro Slate 12 officially announced

HP Slate Pro 12
HP recently unveiled two new high-end Android tablets, the HP Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12. The two devices are based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip and are just 8mm thick.

HP missed out on the 2015 edition of the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, as the manufacturer announced no new devices during the event. Despite a slow first step in 2015, today HP unveiled two new tablets aimed at business customers, the HP Pro Slate 8 and the Pro Slate 12.

The smallest of the two new HP tablets is the Pro Slate 8. The display measures 7.9 inches across the diagonal, and the resolution used is one of 2048 by 1536 pixels. Simple math gives us a Pixel Per Inch density of 324. A layer of Corning Gorilla 4 glass protects the display from scratches and cracks. Although the HP Slate Pro 12 comes with a considerably larger display (12.3 inches), the resolution drops slightly to 1600 by 1200 pixels at a PPI of 162.

As you can figure out from the pixel resolutions, the two new tablets use the 4:3 aspect ratio. In other words, while the 7.9-inch HP Slate Pro 8 is about the same size as an Apple iPad Mini, the 12.3-inch version is one of the largest Android tablets currently around. Most large tablets tend to use aspect ratios of around 16:10 or 16:9.

Aside from the display size and the pixel resolution, there aren't too many differences between the two HP Slate Pro tablets. Both come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, a Wacom digitizer, and an HP Duet pen.

The two new HP tablets will launch in the coming weeks at a price of $449 for the HP Slate Pro 8 or $569 for the HP Slate Pro 12.


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Mihai Andrici, 2015-01-21 (Update: 2015-01-21)