No longer are efficient and aesthetically-pleasing tablets restricted to being manufactured by technology giants like Apple and Samsung. HP might have been rather unimpressive when it comes to its android offerings, but its latest HP Pro slate 8 is perhaps the most intriguing of its complete range of tablets so far. The Pro 8 Slate boasts of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor which allows speedy browsing, housed within a sleek 350 gram body with a 7.9 inch razor-sharp LCD display with the nearly the resolution as the acclaimed Apple Ipad retina display (Plus, 2015). It is compatible with the conventional business and leisure apps and hosts an 8 MP back and 2 MP front cameras. The sturdy metal body and greater data accommodation makes it superior to its predecessors however, it begs the question, what’s the catch? Well, the revolutionary integration of a stylus pen, very much like the one offered with Samsung Galaxy Note, and a Smart pen, which records manual data on specialized paper for easy digitalization, is the one of the biggest technological breakthroughs by HP so far. Being dubbed the Duet Pen, it enables the user to have their manual notes on paper mirrored in the tablet screen allowing easier storage and digitalization. The pen can be used on screen at one end and on paper by flipping the ends. While this might sound highly intriguing to any technology-savvy individual, many users have complained about drained battery life which is due to prolonged activated screen, needed for the digital mirroring to work (Sharma, 2015). That being said, the implications of the Duet Pen cannot be undermined and the HP slate is a sure-shot choice for businesspersons, graphics designers or simply leisure-seekers who want to be part of this revolution in the world of tablets.
In Pakistan, technology enthusiasts can get their hands on the revolutionary HP Pro Slate 8, priced within the range of Rs. 26,990- Rs. 37,850.