HP opens up Elite series for enterprise
By Gabey Goh December 7, 2012
- EliteBook Revolve – a convertible touch-enabled tablet/ notebook aimed at business and government use with support for legacy applications
- Officejet Pro X Series aimed at SMEs, remote offices and branch offices; to be released in second half of 2013
IN MARCH of this year, HP announced the merger of its Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) and the Personal Systems Group (PSG), as part of the company’s organizational realignment.
The new division, now called the Printing and Personal Systems Group (PPS), stepped into the spotlight on the final day of HP Discover, the company's showcase technology event for business and government customers in Frankfurt, Germany to introduce two flagship products aimed squarely at enterprises.
During his presentation in the plenary hall of Messe Frankfurt, executive vice president of PPS Todd Bradley said that HP had the number one worldwide market share in PCs, printers and supplies.
In addition, the company spends approximately US$1 billion annually in research and development with a heavy focus on mobile devices and multi-function printers.
HP also announced it has extended its business tablet portfolio with its next-generation convertible tablet, the HP EliteBook Revolve — a touch-enabled notebook that pivots and folds into a tablet form factor.
“This is a true tablet for business,” said HP’s vice president of World Wide Commercial PC Marketing, Carol Hess (above pic), adding that the tablet was also 0.2mm thinner than Apple’s latest iPad.
Hess stressed that the Revolve was ideal for enterprises as it offers enterprise-class manageability such as geographic policy-based protection, mass activation of wireless wide area networks (WWAN) and support for legacy applications.
Other enterprise tools for IT administrators include:
- Active Directory, domain join, PXE boot support and a range of HP Client Management solutions for secure deployment and effective fleet management.
- HP Client Security, including HP BIOS Protection and Microsoft Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials; an embedded, certified TPM security chip for data encryption; and four years of HP Absolute Data Protect to help further protect the device, data and user identity.
- HP Global Series and HP Custom Integration Services for simple deployment across a global enterprise with consistent configurations and customization options such as corporate image loading.
In addition, in terms of serviceability, the tablet boasts modular components which can be individually serviced when needed.
The Revolve is aimed at business and government us and is expected to be available in the United States in March 2013, with pricing to be announced closer to the release date. For specifications, click here.
For its portfolio of printing products, HP announced its Officejet Pro X Series of desktop printers and multifunction printers, touted to deliver up to twice the speed at up to half the printing cost compared with color laser printers in their class.
It features HP PageWide Technology, and claims to be the next-generation inkjet platform that sets a new standard for small work-team printing. It offers small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), remote offices and branch offices high-quality documents at up to 70 pages per minute.
Expected to be released in the second half of 2013, for more information, click here.
More reports from Gabey Goh of Digital News Asia on HP Discover in Frankfurt, Germany: