When going to HP’s site now, instead of the Slate 8 Pro is a listing for the “HP 8 1401 Tablet.”
The full listing with specs.
Do you know what that is? It’s their Chinese-market iPad Mini clone released several months ago as the Compaq 8 Mini.
All they’ve done is change the name, import it to the U.S., and cram into it some of the same apps they offered with the Slate 8 Pro.
And if you’re wondering about the Allwinner A31s CPU in it, here’s the AnTuTu 4.x score via China:
That’s an honest score for the A31s (not the 20,000 Ramos keeps insisting for its K1).
If this tablet seems eerily familiar, it’s also known as the MSI Primo 81.
Note that just like the MSI Primo, this HP 8 1401 tablet also lacks Bluetooth.
Lest you think they’ve moved the Slate 8 Pro over to their business-oriented tablet site, the answer — at post time — is No.
Yes, I see there’s room for a fourth tablet in that banner. But I just can’t be optimistic. That Slate 7 Extreme they’re now listing on their business site still has an inadequate 1GB of RAM. It’s hardly business-ready.
The Slate 8 Pro listing can still be seen via this direct link — but that doesn’t mean it’s actually available. Besides, with this mysterious de-listing of it, do you really want to risk money like that?
I never got to even fondle or test the Slate 8 Pro. Does its new absence make me wish I could get one now?
It still has just 1GB of RAM.