Trying to make up for lost time in the Android market, HP is starting to out more and more devices for various market tiers. With a name that has both “Pro” and “Business”, one might expect an even bigger enterprise focus, but buyers might be a wee bit disappointed by the truth.
As the name might suggest, this a variant of the HP Slate 8 Pro, itself announced only late last year. In fact, the two devices share almost similar specs. You have an 8-inch display with a high screen resolution of 1600×1200. Both are powered by an 1.6 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4, one of the few Tegra 4 devices in the market, but strangely only has 1 GB of RAM. An 8 megapixel rear camera, a 720 front shooter, 16 GB of internal storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Miracast support just about rounds up both tablets’ specs.
What makes the Slate 8 Pro Business tablet different may fail to impress consumers. On the software side, this newer incarnation runs Android 4.4 right out of the box, instead of an older Jelly Bean. In terms of hardware, the only difference is now there is support of NFC. Considering NFC adoption hasn’t been as widespread and in many cases only an optional feature, that might not exactly be a convincing feature.
But perhaps what buyers may notice more is the difference in availability. The HP Slate 8 Pro Business, as one might expect, is listed under HP’s business site, instead of home and office for its predecessor. It also has a price tag of $349, which is higher, though not significantly, than the Slate 8 Pro’s $330.