HP Does Windows iPad Mini-HTC One Clone

HP Pro Tablet 608 features high-res display, Cherry Trail CPU, optional pen

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Having utterly failed with Android-based iPad Mini clone tablets, HP is trying again. Since their Stream tablets have gotten some shelf space in Best Buy, they probably decided to ditch Android for Windows and this is the result.

HP’s latest business tablet features a 7.9 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel display, an Intel Atom x5-8500 Cherry Trail processor, and supports up to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage. It’s called the HP Pro Tablet 608 G1 and it’ll be available in the US starting in July for $479 and up.

The entry-level model features 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, but HP will offer 64GB and 128GB models. Select models will also be available with 4GB of RAM, making this one of the few small Windows tablet with that option.

I have to admit I’d like to give this one a fondle at Best Buy, if it ever gets there. But US$479 is a very tough sell. Especially since the Surface 3 with an x7 CPU gave such poor performance.

Previously here:

HP’s New Tablets. Another Chance To FAIL
HP Pro Slate 8: Another Damn Tablet That Can’t Be Bought

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4 responses to “HP Does Windows iPad Mini-HTC One Clone

  1. Robert Jasiek

    This promises to be the first reliable Windows tablet with a 4:3 display – great! The iPad Air 2 has 10″ and the faster single thread performance but lacks a file manager (Air 3 will be similar, I’d guess). The Samsung Tab S2 will have 10″, a so far unknown speed and the Android backup and security horror. It will be the first time that we will have a real choice, although my dream tablet (iPad hardware with Windows) won’t be available. I am curious to see your PDF tests.

    • I’m not expecting anything good, PDF-wise. It’s an x5 and the Surface with x7 didn’t do well. And it remains to be seen if this will actually wind up in any stores. In all of NYC, only *one* independent store had the first HP Slate 8 Pro.

  2. Robert Jasiek

    Same in Germany: HP can’t be seen in stores or at IFA. Stores have Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, a bit Microsoft and lots of crap (unknown products). HP customers don’t (and cannot) buy in stores.

    • I think HP pissed off a lot of stores when they screwed them with the webOS-based TouchPad. Their retail presence has become just about non-existent now. It’s certainly not what it used to be. And it doesn’t help there are now so few independent stores in NYC. Just two: DataViz and B&H Photo. Both carry just a few HP products.

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