Hewlett-Packard’s (NYSE:HPQ) Pro Slate 12 and Apple’s iPad Pro Tablets


Hewlett-Packard’s (NYSE:HPQ) latest tablet comes with a stylus along with a 12.3 inch screen. The company has made a lot of effort on this product and it is being said that the latest HP Pro Slate 12 boasts of everything which was anticipated from Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad Pro. The company has priced its product as high as $569. Although the latest HP tablet’s sales might not beat any records, however it is expected to give Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) tablets a fair competition among the business community.

This is not the first tablet that Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) has launched. The company has been making tablets for a while now, however prior to the HP Pro Slate 12 the price range of HP tablets’ were considered to be on the lower side. This is the reason why HP (NYSE:HPQ) has never been counted in the global top tablet manufacturers. Although the latest tablet by HP (NYSE:HPQ) is also powered by Android, however it is distinctively high-end.

The HP Pro Slate 12 has a snapdragon processor of the 800 series. It also possesses a high-resolution screen along with a RAM of 2GB. However, the tablet’s main feature is the stylus also known as the Duet pen.

On the other hand there has been a lot rumors going around about Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) larger iPad. Although the company itself has not affirmed the news, however it is anticipated that the new iPad will be released very soon. A number of analysts along with several media outlets have talked about the tech company’s interest in releasing a bigger iPad and with the increase in the tablet industry and the growing competition it would make sense for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) to launch its product as soon as possible.

Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad Pro can also include a stylus and compete with HP’s Pro Slate 12. The company in the recent months has been granted patents regarding technologies that are related to stylus and according to an Apple analyst, Vhi Kuo there are chances that Apple Pro will be launched together with an Apple-made stylus. One thing in Apple’s favour is its partnership with IBM. The collaboration of the two companies has already enabled Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) to produce iOS apps which are business oriented.

HP (NYSE:HPQ) on the other hand is supported by Android which has its global market but is not very popular with the business users. If we take a look at the market for bigger tablets we will find out that there is as such no proven market. However, none of the huge tech companies have been able to make bigger tablets work. Samsung’s Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 are two examples of bigger tablets that did not do as well in the market as the expectations.

Although HP’s Pro Slate 12 seems like an attractive product, however its user market is limited and it cannot be considered a main product of the company.

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