HP Unveils Windows 8 Enterprise Tablet

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - Most of the rumblings we've been hearing about the upcoming Microsoft ( MSFT) Windows 8 tablets have been about consumer-oriented computers. But developers have also been hard at work creating new devices for enterprise users.

Take the ElitePad 900 announced this morning by Hewlett Packard ( HPQ). The no.1 PC maker is calling this device its new "true tablet for business."

The tablet sports a 10.1-inch touchscreen display in a 16-by-10 aspect ratio protected by Corning's ( GLW) Gorilla Glass 2. HP says that the display's maximized for business applications. The tablet weighs in at 1.5 pounds, measures 9.2 mm thick and will have a 8 megapixel camera on the back and a front-facing shooter capable of 1080p video.

The ElitePad 900 will run Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system on a "next-generation" but unspecified Intel ( INTC) x86-compatible processor. HP claims the device was created to handle popular business applications right out of the box.

In addition to a slew of enterprise-oriented software, including printing support for HP printers, ElitePad 900 also offers a choice of hardware add-on "jackets" which let business customers create their own, personal tablet experiences.

The ElitePad "Productivity Jacket" for example, includes an integrated keyboard, connectivity ports, SD card reader and adjustable viewing angles, while the "Expansion Jacket" offers USB and HDMI connectivity.

A "Rugged Case" option provides "military grade" protection, according to HP, which also offers a Docking Station and Tablet Pen for the device.

The ElitePad 900 tablet isn't expected to go on sale until January, 2013. Prices will be announced closer to availability.

HP shares rose 2.17% to $17.43 on Monday.

--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.

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Gary Krakow is TheStreet's senior technology correspondent.

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