Hey, remember Hewlett Packard and their tablets? No? HP is out to fix that. Brother, are they ever; they’ve got a whopping six new tablets on the way, five of which are arriving in November. Here are all six and what you need to know.
Slate 7 Extreme
Essentially the Slate 7 with a Tegra 4. And it comes with a stylus! Sadly, though, that stylus is mostly for show; there’s no hardware for the kind of pressure sensitive fun one generally uses a stylus for.
Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD
First off, the standard line is getting a bit of an overhaul. No word on the processor yet, aside from it being dual-core, but interestingly this is not going to replace the Slate 7. So expect these to cost a little more than their brethren.
Slate 8 Pro
Yep, it’s an eight-incher, and it’s got some horsepower; there’s a Tegra 4 under the hood. It’s also got something the iPad Mini doesn’t; a 1600 x 1200 screen resolution. Then again, it has a 4:3 aspect ratio, so movies aren’t going to look as good. It’ll run Android.
This is the one nerds have been waiting for; it’s one of the first tablets that uses Intel’s Bay Trail processor line. As a result, it’ll run Windows 8.1 stock, and comes with amenities like a microSD slot and USB ports. No word on battery, though.
Pavilion 11 x2
This will replace the Envy x2 and, as such, is pretty much a straightforward overhaul, getting a Bay Trail upgrade as well. The best part is probably that it comes with a keyboard dock, and will only run you about $600 to start.
A Solid Slate
So far, Hewlett Packard hasn’t lit the world of tablets on fire, but as we can see, that’s not for lack of trying. Will it work out? Good question, but one thing’s for sure; if it does we’ll have a lot of options on our hands.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.