HP is looking to fill in every gap in the tablet market, from affordable basic tablets, to high-end business tablets, to gargantuan 12.3-inch monsters. Known as the Pro Slate 12, this massive tablet and its smaller 7.9-inch Pro Slate 8 counterpart both look like over sized versions of the HTC One (M8). Both tablets boast some average, if somewhat lackluster specs, especially considering their size and price, $449 for the the Pro Slate 8 and $569 for the Pro Slate 12.
HP wants to sell tablets that range from cheap and accessible to high-end and business-ready, and today it’s unveiling a number of new ones that fill in some of the more interesting gaps along that spectrum. Among those are two of the most powerful Android tablets that HP has yet introduced, a pair of Android and Windows tablets that are designed with stylus support, and a stylish new Windows convertible. The two Android tablets are the headline of HP’s announcements today. There’s the 12.3-inch Pro Slate 12 and the 7.9-inch Pro Slate 8. Both look nice — almost like blown-up, tablet-sized versions of HTC’s One M8 — and both have relatively but not-quite-entirely modern specs, including a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. The really big difference between the two tablets is their resolutions: the Slate 8 matches the iPad with a 4:3 aspect ratio and a 2048 x 1536 resolution, but the Slate 12 has a resolution of just 1600 x 1200 (for a pixel density of 163 ppi, compared to 264 ppi on the iPad). The Slate 12 is pictured in the photo above in an optional folio case.