Hewlett-Packard announced today the ElitePad 1000 and ProPad 600 business-centric tablets with Windows 8.1. Both are 10.1-inch devices powered by the Intel Atom “Bay Trail” processors with basic computing potential and great power efficiency. A novelty regarding performance is addition of 64-bit software support, thanks to new Bay Trail CPU parts used. In comparison with the previous Bay Trail tablets with 32-bit CPUs, the new ones should run faster, but not revolutionary. A big advantage of 64-bit tech is support for more than 3GB of RAM and HP’s new devices are the first of Atom-based tablets to have 4GB of RAM instead of the usual 2GB.
The ElitePad 1000 and ProPad 600 have 1080p displays covered by Corning Gorilla glass for enhanced durability and front and rear cameras. The ElitePad 1000 is a higher-end model of the two, offering aluminum casing, active digitizer pen input support, up to 128GB of internal storage space, optional 4G mobile broadband, and compatibility with various keyboard, battery, and security docks, so called Jackets. The ProPad 600 is made of plastics, comes with up to 64GB of storage, it’s Wi-Fi only, and doesn’t have a docking connector, but includes micro HDMI video out which is missing on the docking-enabled ElitePad.
The ElitePad 1000 will start shipping in March for about $750 and up, while the expectedly cheaper ProPad 600 will hit the market in April.