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Hewlett-Packard introduces eight new business tablets

Published:Monday | January 26, 2015 | 12:00 AM

PALO ALTO, California:Hoping to give a boost to its mobile-computing business, Hewlett-Packard (HP) unveiled eight new tablets and related products last week aimed at educators, retailers, health-care workers and other professionals.

The Palo Alto technology giant said it's challenging the one-device-fits-all approach that is sometimes foisted on business PC customers. Instead, HP said it's offering them a broad choice of systems.

Two of the tablets aimed at school professionals, for example, feature a design that HP said can resist dust, moisture and "the rigours of an education environment". In a related product, HP unveiled what it termed "easy-to-use classroom management software that allows teachers to view and control student devices, and encourages collaboration".

Another computer add-on announced by HP includes a carrying case that lets a tablet function as a point-of-sale device for stores, as well as "giving retail store operators an easier and more comfortable way to access inventory," HP said.

Wide range of prices

The tablets - some of which are available now, while others are expected to be on the market in a few weeks - range in price from $199 to $1,599.

HP is undergoing a major transformation after announcing recently that it will split itself in half this year, with HP Inc handing the personal computer and printing business and Hewlett-Packard Enterprises focusing on business-oriented computer servers, data-storage devices, networking systems, software and Internet-based services.

Although its biggest single source of money comes from PC sales, the company has been struggling to catch up with the growing consumer preference for mobile gadgets. Given that goal, the devices it announced Tuesday make sense to tech analyst Jack Gold.