It seems like a bit of a disconnect for HP to announce new commercial PCs at a trade show focused on consumer electronics, but HP—which didn't book exhibit space at this year's CES—is wise not to waste the opportunity.
The company unveiled seven new products Sunday evening, including its first all-in-one that runs the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) operating system instead of Windows. HP is positioning the Slate 21 Pro AiO as an everyday business machine that also has applications in the education and hospitality markets.
The Slate 21 Pro is powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of DDR3/800 memory, and 16GB of eMMC flash storage. Its 21.5-inch IPS optical touchscreen (two touch points and three cameras) has a native resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. The all-in-one also comes with an HDMI input and can be used as a display for another computer, such as a laptop. Connect a USB cable and you can control the computer using the Slate 21 Pro's touchscreen.
The Slate 21 Pro will have three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 2.0 upstream port, an SD media card reader, and a 720p webcam and mic. Its networking capabilities include an onboard 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter and 10/100 mb/s wired Ethernet. HP envisions buyers using cloud-based applications such as Google Docs but the company is also bundling a number of first- and third-party apps with the machine. These include the HP File Manager and copies of Kingsoft Office, Evernote, Hulu Plus, Skype, and Box (with 50GB of free cloud storage).
Citrix XenMobile and Citrix Receiver are preinstalled, so that enterprise buyers can deploy the Slate 21 Pro as a smart thin client. With these apps, users can run Windows apps in a virtual workspace running on a remote server. For deployments in classroom environments, HP will also provide the student version of its Classroom Manager software.
HP says the Slate 21 Pro is available now at prices starting at $399, including a wired keyboard and mouse.
The rest of the lineup HP announced tonight are all Windows machines.
HP ProOne 400 AiO and HP 205 AiO
The HP ProOne 400 all-in-one PC will have a 19.5-inch display with native resolution of 1600 by 900 pixels (in touch- and non-touch configurations). The computer will be powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processor and up to 16GB of DDR3/1600 memory, and will have up to 2TB of storage (options include mechanical, hybrid, and self-encrypting solid-sate drives). Several optical drive options are available, including none at all, a simple DVD reader, or a Blu-ray burner.
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