HP ElitePad 900 struggles to gain foothold in enterprise


HP (NYSE: HPQ) has finally made its enterprise-grade, Windows-8 powered ElitePad 900 tablet available in the United Kingdom in limited quantities, according to a report by The Register.

Fewer than 30,000 tablets have been shipped to the U.K., according to industry sources cited by the publication.

Pascal Bourguet, HP U.K. and Ireland channel sales director for printing and personal Systems, told The Register that security, the lack of connectivity ports and the difficulty in maintaining and fixing devices has slowed adoption of tablets in large enterprises.

HP launched the HP ElitePad 900 tablet in the United States in January. The tablet comes with Intel's (NASDAQ: INTC) Atom CPU, a 10-inch high resolution display, either 32 GB or 64 GB of memory, a docking station, a stylus and Bluetooth keyboard, as well as a mobile broadband option.

According to Channelnomics, there has not been much enterprise demand for the HP tablet in the U.S. market either. The website surveyed a number of HP resellers and found little demand from their U.S. enterprise customers.

HP is also going after the consumer tablet market, unveiling its first Android tablet, called the HP Slate 7, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

Running on the Android Jelly Bean operating system, the HP Slate 7 has seven-inch diagonal screen and weighs 13 ounces. It is powered by an ARM dual core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor, and includes a three-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front for chatting, videos and photos.

"Our new HP Slate 7 on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets, while our ground-breaking, business-ready HP ElitePad on Windows 8 is ideal for enterprises and governments. Both deliver the service and support people expect from HP," said Alberto Torres, senior vice president of HP's Mobility Global Business Unit.

HP continues to struggle financially. It was dragged down in the third quarter by an $8.8 billion "noncash impairment charge" related to its Autonomy acquisition. The charge forced HP to report a staggering $6.9 billion net loss for the quarter.

In its most recent quarter, HP reported a 6 percent year-over-year drop in revenues to $28.4 billion, and a 16 percent year-over-year decline in net earnings to $1.2 billion. Despite the decline, HP beat a pessimistic Wall Street revenue estimate of $27.8 billion, according to The Motley Fool.

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