HP has today announced a couple of new Android tablets, most notably a big-screen device dubbed the Pro Slate 12 that the company hopes will help fill a void in the market. The device sets itself apart with a display just a bit bigger than 12 inches, as well as the notable inclusion of what the company calls its “Duet Pen” which doubles as a stylus and a regular writing utensil. It’s also the first tablet to be built with Gorilla Glass 4, which is said to be much stronger and offer better protection from every day drops.
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The HP Slate 12 packs a 12.3-inch 1600 x 1200 resolution screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable flash storage, standard connectivity interfaces such as 802.11ac WiFi, an 8 MP rear camera, and a 2 MP front shooter. As for the device’s physical heft, it comes in at 850 grams. The device is going to ship at $569, and will compete directly with Samsung’s 12-inch offering that started shipping earlier this year as well as a theoretical “iPad Pro” that Apple might have in the pipeline.
Additionally, HP today announced the Pro Slate 8, which is basically the aforementioned tablet in a smaller form factor. The Pro Slate 12’s little brother has a smaller 7.9-inch screen, but packs a higher resolution of 2048 x 1536. Much like the Pro Slate 12, the 8-incher also supports the Duet Pen (which lets you digitize paper-taken notes), but HP says that the company’s other offerings don’t support it just yet. The Pro Slate 8 comes in at $449.
Notably, both of these tablets and all of their specifications were very accurately leaked in October of last year by a website called Notebook Italia. About a year ago, Hewlett-Packard announced its Slate 21 Pro, an Android device sporting a 21.5-inch full HD screen.