HP today revealed a massive new lineup of commercial mobility solutions designed to provide purpose-built solutions for a wide range of mobile workforces. A total of eight new tablets and 2-in-1 devices along with an ecosystem of accessories and a new strategy for helping business customers deploy devices come together as part of HP’s plan to assist companies of every size. HP is looking to provide the ideal commercial solutions whether small tech start-ups need to simplify business operations or the IT departments of large enterprise clients need to securely manage the data and devices being deployed to a large workforce.
HP points to industry studies that suggest 14 percent of the global workforce is “mobile” and relies on portable computing solutions. The problem for most businesses is that the cost of deploying the latest mobile tech and staying competitive is too high. An increasing number of businesses have adopted “bring your own device” policies where employees provide their own laptops, tablets, and smartphones in order to manage IT costs … but that becomes a security and liability nightmare for many businesses.
HP is taking a modular approach featuring secure, purpose-built devices ranging in cost from as little as $279 for the new HP Pro Slate 10 EE Android tablet to as much as $1,599 for the new HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Rugged Tablet running Windows 8.1.
Perhaps the most impressive business solution from HP is the new HP Elite x2 1011 G1. This 11.6-inch diagonal 2-in-1 Windows device that easily transforms from a tablet to a laptop with Ultrabook configurations available. The Elite x2 1011 G1 was designed from the ground up as a full notebook PC replacement. Tested to military specs for durability (MIL STD 810G), the new Elite x2 is built to survive the chaos of a workday but still features the smooth lines and lightweight design of a consumer laptop or tablet.
The HP Elite x2 1011 G1 will be available in multiple configurations running Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Pro or FreeDOS 2.0 based on your business needs. The tablet is available with an Intel Core M-5Y71 processor (1.2 GHz up to 2.9 GHz), Intel Core M-5Y51 (1.1 GHz up to 2.6 GHz), or Intel Core M-5Y10c (800 MHz up to 2 GHz), all with integrated Intel HD Graphics 5300. The maximum memory supported on this 2-in-1 is 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (both 4 GB and 8 GB models will be available).
The 11.6-inch HP BrightView IPS touchscreen display comes in two varieties with either a standard HD (1366 x 768) or Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The storage options include a standard M.2 SSD with capacities ranging from 128 GB up to 512 GB or a M.2 SE SSD with capacities from 180 GB up to 256 GB.
The wireless solutions for the Elite x2 1011 G1 include HP hs3110 HSPA+ Mobile Broadband; HP lt4211 LTE/EV-DO/HSPA+ Qualcomm Gobi 4G Mobile Broadband; Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 Combo; Intel Dual Band Wireless-AN 7265 802.11a/b/g/n (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.0 Combo; or Intel Tri Band Wireless-AC 17265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.0 + WiGig Combo.
The Powerbase keyboard dock is packed with an additional battery (which provides up to 10 and a half hours of battery life), DisplayPort 1.2, two USB 3.0 ports (one of which is designed to charge USB devices even when the Elite x2 1011 G1 is powered off) and a headphone/microphone combo jack. HP designed the hinge on the Powerbase dock to provide additional support so that this 2-in-1 won’t flip backward if users press the touchscreen too hard in notebook mode.
This 2-in-1 adapts to a variety of personal work preferences with an ecosystem of optional accessories that includes an industry-first WiGig enterprise wireless dock based on a joint collaboration with Intel, along with a cover, a lightweight travel keyboard and an optional Wacom pen.
The new Elite x2 1011 G1 2-in-1 and the rest of HP’s new business-oriented tablets are available as standard individual purchases or as part of a managed service or subscription, offering a flexible way for businesses to deploy mobile solutions for employees.
The HP Elite x2 1011 G1 will be available in late January with a starting price of $899. The HP Pro Slate 10 EE is available now with a starting price of $279.