Skip to main content

HP is rolling out two confusing new 'Pro' Android tablets

HP Pro Slate 12
The HP Pro Slate 12 with the Duet ultrasonic stylus
Audio player loading…

HP is readying two new Android tablets with a focus on the business world: the HP Pro Slate 12 and HP Pro Slate 8.

The 12 has a 12.3-inch 1600 x 1200 display and 32GB of storage, while the Pro Slate 8 has a 7.7-inch 2048 x 1536 display and 16GB.

Both feature Snapdragon 801 chips, 2GB of memory, Android 4.4 KitKat, microSD and nanoSIM support, and front and rear cameras, plus Bluetooth, NFC, and a microUSB port with HDMI-out capabilities via an adapter.

The new HP tablets are also compatible with the HP Duet pen, an ultrasonic stylus that transcribes your scribblings to the tablet screen no matter what surface you're actually writing on.

That's just confusing

Note that the new HP Pro Slate 8 is apparently different from the HP Slate 8 Pro that launched earlier this year.

However although the HP Pro Slate 12 has a home on HP's website, its smaller sibling is missing - even though, according to Liliputing, it was up there at one point.

We've asked HP to clarify why the Pro Slate 8's listing was taken down, as well as further details like pricing and release date. We'll update if we hear back.

Michael Rougeau is a former freelance news writer for TechRadar. Studying at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Northeastern University, Michael has bylines at Kotaku, 1UP, G4, Complex Magazine, Digital Trends, GamesRadar, GameSpot, IFC, Animal New York, @Gamer, Inside the Magic, Comic Book Resources, Zap2It, TabTimes, GameZone, Cheat Code Central, Gameshark, Gameranx, The Industry, Debonair Mag, Kombo, and others.


Micheal also spent time as the Games Editor for Playboy.com, and was the managing editor at GameSpot before becoming an Animal Care Manager for Wags and Walks.