Apple has such a huge impact on the tech world that it forces companies to launch products in order to take on shiny toys from Cupertino that are still just rumors. By now you have probably heard about the iPad Pro – a bigger-sized iPad that could feature a 12.9 inch display.

It remains to be seen whether it’s going to be a real product or just vaporware, but what’s for certain is that tech companies are already releasing or thinking to launch tablets with a size bigger than 12 inch. HP is one of these tech companies I’ve been talking about and it has just announced 8 new tablets under its portfolio.

Let’s have a look at the features of the HP Pro Slate 12 priced at $569, which is the slate that wants to take on the yet unannounced iPad Pro. HP also announced the Pro Slate 8, which has a lot in common with the Pro Slate 12, so scroll below to have a look at its specs, as well.

HP Pro Slate 12

hp pro slate 12

  • 12.3 inches, the first tablet with a durable screen based on Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 technology
  • 7.99 mm thin, weighs 850g
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (2.3GHz, quad-core), 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC
  • 802.11ac (Miracast-enabled) wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.0+LE, NFC
  • MicroSD, Nano-SIM, ZIF connector with pogo pins, Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5mm combo audio
  • 2M pixel front camera, 8Mpixel rear

HP Pro Slate 8

hp slate 8 pro

  • 7.86 inches, Gorilla Glass 4
  • 7.99 mm, weighs 350g
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (2.3GHz, quad-core), 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB eMMC storage
  • 802.11ac (Miracast-enabled) wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.0+LE, NFC
  • MicroSD, Nano-SIM, ZIF connector with pogo pins
  • Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5mm combo audio
  • 2Mpixel front, 8Mpixel rear

Duet Pen

duet pen stylus

HP is the first to use Qualcomm’s Ultra Sound pen technology, employing a five microphone array on the tablet to track a stylus which emits high-pitched sounds. The stylus is called Duet Pen and it will work with all the new tablets launched by HP. The name speaks about the dual functionality of the device, as it allows users to write on the paper notepad alongside in the optional folio case. What’s really cool is that those pen-strokes can be replicated on the tablet’s display.

HP has also launched the HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Rugged Tablet which features a 10.1 inches screen, Intel Atom Z3795 (1.6-2.39GHz, quad-core), 4GB of RAM, Windows 8.1 and a similar version for healthcare professionals. Other new entries are the Windows 8.1 HP Pro Tablet 408 G1 which sports 8 inches, an Intel Atom Z3736F (1.33-2.1GHz, quad-core) processor and 2GB of RAM, along with the HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1 and the hybrid HP Elite x2 1011 G1

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