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    HP to unveil new business w8 tablet.

    Not a webOS tablet (sigh) but a new HP windows 8 business system class tablet , and is planning a 20-city U.S. road show starting next month, inviting partners and their customers to see first-hand the benefits of the tablet and HP's full PPS product portfolio, said Bradley.

    The news:
    HP is readying to unveil a NEW own "expandable" and "serviceable" business tablet that is being backed up by one of the most aggressive HP channel sales enablement efforts in years.

    Among the new HP tablet's channel-friendly features that mark it as a business-class system will be the ability for business partners to expand it with different options for specific vertical business solutions and to open the tablet to service it, said Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP's $65 billion printing and personal systems business, in an exclusive interview Thursday with CRN at HP's Andover, Mass. facility. "This is the only serviceable tablet there is," boasted Bradley. "It is serviceable, and it is expandable."

    Bradley said HP has put more resources and muscle in terms of getting HP channel partners ready to sell the new tablet than any product offering since he joined the company in 2005. "It's all in with the channel, said Bradley. "We were with a whole group of partners last night for dinner. We talked about seed products for them to understand the tablet as well as seed products for their customers."

    HP's Printing and Personal Systems Group (PPS) is planning a 20-city U.S. road show starting next month, inviting partners and their customers to see first-hand the benefits of the tablet and HP's full PPS product portfolio, said Bradley.

    HP's all out focus on the channel is a big differentiator against both Apple's iPad and Microsoft's Surface Tablet product line, Bradley said. "From a competitive standpoint, we are showing a bigger commitment than any of them," he said.

    "The product that we have developed, the serviceability of it, the ability for partners to make money with us on this tablet are just significant," said Bradley. "Compared to any of the other people in the marketplace, no one has a better focus on the enterprise than HP. The combination of an HP Windows 8 tablet gives enterprises the security that they want for their behind-the-firewall applications."

    When asked what will be key differentiators vs. Apple, Bradley said serviceability, security, Windows 8 and easy access to current business applications all offer big improvements relative to the iPad.

    As for the battle with Microsoft , Surface, Bradley stressed that the biggest differentiator against Microsoft is HP is leveraging it strong partner base. "First and foremost, we are focused on selling our product through the channel," said Bradley. "I think the message from Microsoft was: 'If you want to sell Surface, come to a store and buy one.'"

    HP's channel focus puts the company well ahead of both Microsoft and Apple in bringing a tablet to business customers, said Mont Phelps, CEO of NWN, a national enterprise HP partner headquartered in Waltham, Mass.

    "It is obvious to anybody that knows anything about the channel that neither Apple nor Microsoft has the channel that HP has," said Phelps. "That is going to be a tremendous advantage bringing a product like this to the market.

    "I have seen people trying to force the iPad into business applications and business usage," said Phelps. "It just doesn't fit perfectly in business so there are compromises. What HP has is a business-ready tablet. If that is what they are saying, bring it on. Now we have something to go out and offer the marketplace. We have been looking for this for quite a while."

    Bradley would not provide pricing or specific product details for the new HP Tablet which is expected to be announced sometime in the next several weeks just in time for all the hoopla around Microsoft's expected Windows 8 launch. HP will spend "minimal time, if any time, on the consumer side" of the tablet market "right now," he said.

    Source: CRN Exclusive: HP Ready To Roll Out Business Tablet
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    It's the tablet we've seen before - the Elitepad 900.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HelmutsKohl View Post
    It's the tablet we've seen before - the Elitepad 900.
    Yes it is:
    Two videos now on youtube:

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    Quote Originally Posted by akitayo View Post
    Yes it is:
    Two videos now on youtube:

    There own marketing department stinks real badly, CEO Silly Mrs Whitman looks like she was reading things from a teleprompter instead of actually really feel and talk about the product. She could even try tell me on how beautiful its tablet is and she won't even convince me to buy that cheap tablet which they call innovative and intuitive (laugh out aloud). She such bad quality of HP CEO, well kind of figures why the company is actually getting slammed on the market. Pathetic

    That's one of the big things of Apple, that they sell you the product without actually you had a chance and opportunity to touch the devices. Apple could even sell you a kitchen toaster and they pretend that its the next generation iPhone 6 and people will line up(under rain or sun) for weeks or days to buy it. HP through those marketing videos, even won't convince any of Mrs whitman's own family to buy that windows crap
    Owner of an HP TouchPad (32GB) and a brand new Palm Pre 3 (16GB) for VZ wireless.
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    FYI.. now that the device has been released, there is another thread discussing it

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