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Grow Your Business Technology

HP Pro Slate 12: Is It Good for Business?

HP Pro Slate 12, business computers, tablets
Credit: HP

Smartphones aren't the only mobile devices that are getting bigger. Ahead of Apple's rumored giant, 12.9-inch iPad, HP recently unveiled its own behemoth: the HP Pro Slate 12, a giant, Android-powered tablet built for business users.

The HP Pro Slate 12 offers a massive screen, long battery life and enterprise-class computing to help take your business to the next level. It's also compatible with the new HP Duet Pen, helping business users be more productive than ever.

Here's what the HP Pro Slate 12 has to offer and why it makes a great business tablet. [Best Tablets for Business 2015 (and Why We Love Them)]

Design and display 

Sporting a giant, 12.3-inch, 1600 x 1200-pixel display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, the HP Pro Slate 12 provides plenty of screen real estate, so business users can get more done. The massive display provides laptop-size viewing on a tablet, which is great for accessing documents, working on business applications, surfing the Web and videoconferencing. 

Despite its oversize display, the Pro Slate 12 maintains an ultraslim body, at just 8 mm (0.31 inches) thin. For comparison, this is just half a millimeter thicker than the iPad Air. The Pro Slate 12 weighs almost twice as much as the iPad Air, however, at a hefty 1.9 lbs.

HP Duet Pen 

In addition to its enormous screen, one of the Pro Slate 12's biggest highlights is that it is fully compatible with the new HP Duet Pen. This digital pen takes productivity up a notch by digitizing handwriting on both the tablet and on paper. 

The HP Duet Pen works by using a stylus on one end and an ink pen on the other. Combined with the Slate's technology, it can transform notes, sketches and more into digital content, whether you're using the stylus on the tablet or the traditional ink pen on paper. 

The pen also integrates with the Evernote app, making it fast and easy to save your content on the Pro Slate 12 and the Evernote cloud.

Power and performance 

The HP Pro Slate 12 can keep up with all your business needs. It boasts a battery life of up to 12 hours, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series processor and 2GB of RAM. It also comes with 32GB of storage, a microSD slot and a micro USB 2.0 port. 

Cost and availability 

The HP Pro Slate 12 will start at $570 when it becomes available; however, HP hasn't announced a release date yet. People looking for a smaller, cheaper version of the Pro Slate 12 can also take a look at the $379 Pro Slate 8, which features an 8-inch screen and is also compatible with the HP Duet Pen.

Sara Angeles

Sara is a tech writer with a background in business and marketing. After graduating from UC Irvine, she worked as a copywriter and blogger for nonprofit organizations, tech labs and lifestyle companies. She started freelancing in 2009 and joined Business News Daily in 2013. Follow Sara Angeles on Twitter @sara_angeles.