HP launches a new education-focused tablet
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Thanks to Intel's frugal Bay Trail-T SoCs and Android's ability to run on x86-based platforms, manufacturers can nowadays offer the same device with either Windows or Android. This is the case with HP's new 10-inch tablets meant for education, named Pro Tablet 10 EE G1 (Windows 8.1 model) and Pro Slate 10 EE G1 (Android 4.4 model). Apart from the installed operating system, there is virtually no difference between the technical specifications of the two tablets as well as their looks. Both are offered with Intel Atom Z3735G and 1 GB of RAM or Intel Atom Z3735F and 2 GB RAM. Storage is provided by an eMMC 5.0 NAND with 16 or 32 GB capacity in the Pro Slate 10 and 32/64 GB in the Pro Tablet 10. Both tablets use a 1280x800 IPS display with digitizer pen support.
Available communications include Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Miracast and, optionally, a 3G module with GPS support (HP hs3110). Physical ports provided are microUSB 2.0 (luckily not used for charging - a separate jack is present for that), microSD slot (up to 32 GB in Pro Slate 10, up to 128 GB in Pro Stablet 10), microHDMI video output and a 3.5-mm audio jack. Both tablets have an accelerometer and an e-compass but only the Windows variant is equipped with a TPM module. Buyers can opt either for a 1.26 MP front and 2 MP rear cameras or 2 MP front and 5 MP rear; in both cases the rear camera will feature autofocus.
The dimensions are exactly the same for both models and measure 280x182x14.4 mm (11.02x7.16x0.56 in) while the weight differs by 5 g (0.01 lbs): the Pro Tablet 10 is slightly lighter at 850 g (1.87 lbs). The 2-cell battery capacity is 28.5 Wh. Since the devices are meant for educational institutions such as schools and universities, HP offers an optional charging dock able to accomodate multiple tablets and preinstalls various education-related software on both tablets, with the Windows-based Pro Tablet 10 also getting a 1-year MS Office 365 Personal license.
The new tablets should be already available to customers. Pricing starts at $280 for the Pro Slate 10 while the Pro Tablet 10 will cost $350 for individual buyers and $300 for educational facilities.