Hands On: The HP Elitepad 900

Yesterday at the HP Channel Odyssey Manila leg, we had the chance to preview the company’s soon-to-be-released Windows-powered tablet—the Elitepad 900.

The Elitepad 900 is marketed towards business users, unlike the HP Envy x2 which is more of a consumer tablet. Powered by an Intel Atom Clover Trail chip and donning Windows 8 Pro, the Elitepad hosts 2GB memory and a 32/64GB SSD hard drive.

Its 10.1-inch multi-touch-enabled screen wields a resolution of 1280×800 pixels and a 16:10 aspect ratio. The screen sports Corning Gorilla Glass. The graphics are powered by an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator.

On the back you will find the 8-megapixel camera. On the upper left side of the rear, you can see the microSD and SIM slot protected under a little door. Below the device is the port for the docking station.

Together with the Elitepad 900, HP will release accessories for the device, such as a docking station and a protective case that they call the “Smart Jacket”. The Smart Jacket protects the device and adds a lot to its functionality—it extends battery life and adds extra ports. One jacket lets you have two full USB ports, a full-sized SD card slot and an HDMI port. There’s also another variation of the Smart Jacket which features a keyboard for the tablet.

HP says that the Elitepad 900 will be available in January next year. No word yet on pricing.