Along with Dell and Lenovo, HP provides some of the most popular business notebooks with its well-regarded EliteBook series. Today, the manufacturer is announcing its first generation of the Pro Tablet series called the Pro Tablet 608 G1.
The 8-inch metal tablet is targeted towards executive professionals and focuses on mobility and connectivity. Thus, instead of the typical 16:9 display ratio, HP has opted for a more natural 4:3 aspect ratio to better fit presentation slides and 8 x 11 paperwork.
Accessories include a dedicated portable docking station with HDMI, USB 3.0, RJ-45, and 3.5 mm audio. An optional keyboard attachment is also available that utilizes the tablet's POGO pins for direct connectivity.
The Pro Tablet 608 G1 will be available starting next month for $479 with Windows 8.1. Users will need to wait until late August for the Windows 10 model, which will reportedly retail for a higher price due additional features. Expect our usual full review on the device in the coming weeks.
- CPU: Intel Core Atom Z8500
- RAM: 4 GB RAM
- Display: 4:3, 2048 x 1536, Gorilla Glass 4
- Storage: 128 GB eMMC, MicroSDXC
- Connectivity: 3G/4G WWAN, dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac, USB 3.0 Type-C
- Cameras: 8 MP rear, 2 MP front
- Dimensions: 137 x 207 x 8.3 mm
- Security: TPM 2.0
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HP Expands Mobility Offerings with New Windows 10 Tablet
Company developing new industry-specific solutions with Lufthansa Systems, others
PALO ALTO, Calif., June 18, 2015 — HP today unveiled its first Windows 10 commercial tablet, an 8-inch diagonal mobile retail solution, and new capabilities and updates to HP Touchpoint Manager, its IT management solution for small and medium businesses.
The company also announced new independent software vendors (ISVs) and partners across the aviation and retail industries to continue to build out HP’s “business-first” approach to mobility.
“True business mobility will dramatically transform workflows to make us more efficient, connected and productive,” said Michael Park, vice president and general manager, Commercial Mobility & Software, Business Personal Systems. “We are continuing to expand on our purpose-built mobility solutions to help our customers change how business is done.”
Highly mobile, purpose-built tablet for businesses
The HP Pro Tablet 608 offers purpose-built business mobility with a stunning 8-inch diagonal HD screen, high performance and impressive productivity with Windows 10[i]. The tablet provides great audio support for Cortana[ii] and videoconferencing, and includes advanced security features that build on the new OS, making it the perfect mobile productivity companion for busy travelers and executives.
Thin and light at just 8.35 mm and under 1 lb., the tablet delivers a premium viewing experience indoors and out with its 2048 x 1536 high resolution display that automatically adjusts to lighting conditions. The 4:3 aspect ratio is optimized for working with business productivity apps, providing 35% more viewing area than 16:9 displays for more natural readability of full-page content.
The Pro Tablet 608 has a full Windows Professional experience with up to eight hours of battery life[iii]. Designed with Corning® Gorilla ® Glass 4 and a metal-reinforced chassis, this tablet endured more than 120,000 hours of durability testing. Productivity is enabled in the office and at the work site with dual-band WLAN ac/b/g/n[iv] and a choice of optional 3G or 4G WWAN[v].
Dual front-facing stereo speakers, dual microphones, DTS Studio Sound™ and noise-cancelling software are paired with a front-facing 2 MP camera for superb web conferencing, even in noisy public areas like airports or hotels. An 8 MP camera provides high-definition image capture, important in industries such as insurance or real estate.
Powered by the latest generation Intel® Core™ Atom™ Quad Core Z8500 processor with up to 4 GB of memory[vi] and 128 GB eMMc storage[vii], the enterprise-ready Pro Tablet 608 offers world class security and manageability. The tablet includes a robust set of built-in IT tools such as HP Client Security, firmware 2.0[viii] and certified hardware like TPM and NFC. There is also support for a customizable image or BIOS settings, industry-standard manageability tools, and HP Touchpoint Manager[ix] for enhanced security and manageability for businesses of most any size.
The Pro Tablet 608 is also HP’s first tablet to integrate the easy to use, high-performance USB-C™ port for fast charging and data transfer and a wide array of adapters to support legacy wired connectivity. Optional accessories, including a pen, rugged case, travel keyboards and a portable dock take advantage of the Windows 10 DPI scaling feature for expansive display and accessories connectivity to enable a desktop that can travel.
Customize your workflow with new business-ready solutions
For aviation, Lufthansa Systems is working with HP on delivering mobile cabin crew solutions and applications that will enable cabin crews to improve crew satisfaction and enhance the passenger experience. The result of this effort is the mCabin solution from Lufthansa Systems coupled with the HP ElitePad 1000 G2, which offers commercial grade mobility for aviation customers.
The Pro Tablet 608 also offers a form factor for industry-specific use cases that require something smaller than larger tablet offerings to deliver great customer service and improved operational efficiency. The HP Pro Tablet Mobile Retail Solution is a durable case that combines with the new 8-inch diagonal tablet to accommodate a range of third-party mobile payment terminals, including EMV, NFC, MSR, and most digital wallets.
With this new offering, HP now has one of the broadest portfolios of mobile retail and hospitality solutions that provide customers with the flexibility they need to operate in today’s always connected world. HP is working with many global and regional independent software vendors (ISVs) and partners in the retail and hospitality industry to deliver a comprehensive solution to our customers.
Remote Control Now Available in Latest HP Touchpoint Manager Update
Device downtime poses an even greater threat to smaller organizations who do not have additional personnel and equipment to pick up the pieces. To address the needs of businesses with limited IT resources, HP launched HP Touchpoint Manager last fall as a cloud-based IT management solution designed for SMBs.
Today, HP is announcing new capabilities that provide IT a secure and easy-to-use tool to remotely access and troubleshoot Windows-based devices from their browser, desktop and mobile devices[x]. The July 2015 HP Touchpoint Manager Service Update will let IT respond to and resolve problems quickly no matter where the end user is located, helping improve productivity and convenience for both parties.
To boost IT productivity further, the upcoming release also includes the ability for IT admins to centrally deploy and manage company designated mobile applications. End users get access to the software they need to be productive, and IT admins are better able to drive application adoption and security.
Pricing and Availability[xi]
· HP Pro Tablet 608 G1 is expected to be available with Windows 8.1 Pro in July starting at $479. The Pro Tablet 608 will ship pre-installed with Windows 10 starting in August.
· The HP Pro Tablet Mobile Retail Solution is expected to be available in October.
· The July 2015 HP Touchpoint Manager Service Update will be available in July. HP Touchpoint Manager can be purchased directly on the web from HP at hp.com/Touchpoint or from HP channel partners as a subscription in 11 markets: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States. The Basic subscription is available for $2 per user, per month; the Pro subscription is available for $10 per user, per month.
To learn more about HP Business Mobility, visit www.hp.com/go/newstyleit.
[i]Not all features are available in all editions or versions of Windows of Windows 10. Systems may require upgraded and/or separately purchased hardware, drivers, software or BIOS update to take full advantage of Windows 10 functionality. Windows 10 is automatically updated, which is always enabled. ISP fees may apply and additional requirements may apply over time for updates. See http://www.microsoft.com.
[ii] Cortana experience may vary by device.
[iii] Windows 8 MM12 battery life will vary depending on various factors including product model, configuration, loaded applications, features, use, wireless functionality, and power management settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. See www.bapco.com for additional details.
[iv] Wireless access point and internet service required. Availability of public wireless access points limited.
[v] WWAN module is optional, must be configured at the factory and requires separately purchased service contract. Check with service provider for coverage and availability in your area. Connection speeds will vary due to location, environment, network conditions, and other factors. 4G LTE not available on all products, in all regions.
[vi] Maximum memory capacities assume Windows 64-bit operating systems or Linux. With Windows 32-bit operating systems, memory above 3 GB may not all be available due to system resource requirements.
[vii] For storage drives, GB = 1 billion bytes. Actual formatted capacity is less. Up to 15GB of system disk is reserved for system and/or recovery software.
[viii] Firmware TPM is version 2.0. Hardware TPM is v1.2, which is a subset of the TPM 2.0 specification version v0.89 as implemented by Intel Platform Trust Technology (PTT).
[ix] HP Touchpoint Manager supports Android™, iOS and Windows operating systems and PCs, notebooks, tablets and smartphones from various manufacturers. Not available in all countries see www.hp.com/touchpoint for availability information. Touchpoint Manager requires purchase of a subscription. Out-of-band HP only Wipe, Lock, Unlock and reporting of BIOS boot error codes is planned to be available on select HP EliteBooks and requires an internet connection, Intel® vPro™ technology and functions in S3/Sleep, S4/Hibernate and S5/Soft Off power states. SATA drives are wiped. The remote wipe of Self Encrypting Drives that have hardware encryption active is not supported.
[x] Limited to devices with Windows 7 SP1 or higher, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (Intel®-based x86/x64) operating systems.
[xi] Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.
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