HP on Tuesday launched a 'Made for India' Pro 8 tablet series that would monitor subsidy distribution through Aadhaar authentication and deliver other benefits related to government schemes. The HP Pro 8 price in India starts at Rs. 19,374, and the company is also touting support for regional languages, apart from voice calling support.
"These devices are exclusively made for India. Fit for outdoor conditions, the devices have 15 hours of battery life for field workers and are dust and water resistant. The 4G-enabled devices with strong battery ensure connectivity even in remote areas," Sumeer Chandra, Managing Director, HP Inc India, told IANS.
The HP Pro 8 tablet range comes with customisable features that will allow the delivery of services, including financial inclusion and benefit schemes, HP said. The company added that the HP Pro 8 tablet is aimed at ensuring efficient delivery of subsidised food products under the Public Distribution System (PDS), comprehensive monitoring of various healthcare initiatives and several other flagship programmes run by the central and state governments.
"We have won a few big deals from state governments for delivering tens of thousands of such devices. These tablets are not just being sold purely as devices but as end-to end solutions. We will provide the devices and get partners bring their software and solutions into it," Chandra told IANS.
The HP Pro 8 can house preloaded apps to support various functionalities. It was designed by HP's Digital India Unit with specific inputs from public and private sector customers. The features include sunlight readable screen for outdoor usage, iris and fingerprint scanner for Aadhaar-based authentication, thermal printer and magnetic-strip reader for financial transactions and bar code scanner for inventory management.
The base model of the HP Pro 8 tablet features an 8-inch HD (1280x800 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by 64-bit quad-core MediaTek MT8735 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM. It bears 16GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB). It sports a 6000mAh battery. It bears a Micro-SIM slot apart from a Micro-USB slot and 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. As we mentioned, it also supports voice calling.
"As a long-standing partner in India's digital journey, we take this opportunity to provide solutions that can solve real life problems," Chandra added.
Written with inputs from IANS