After a first wave of screens 10 inches after the release of the iPad, and the appearance of a compact and economic class today boosted by the mini iPad and Amazon Kindle Fire range, the trend is now the XL tablets of 12 inches, more oriented professionals.

HP is demonstrating with its new Pro Slate 12.

The screen of the HP Slate Pro 12 offers a diagonal of 12.3 inches for a relatively low definition 1.600×1.200 pixels. At the component level, it is equipped with a four processor cores clocked at Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory and two cameras 8MP and 2Mpx. Bluetooth, NFC (contactless) and WiFi. It runs on Android KitKat (4.4).

If its technical features are nothing exceptional, but this tablet has the Duet Pen, a precision guaranteed stylus that allows both to write and draw on the screen as you scan the contents drawn on paper. Already available in the US, it displays a launch price of 569 dollars (the equivalent of 489 euros).

Tough competition

In the family of tablets “Pro” of 12 inches, the HP Slate Pro 12 joined the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, released in 2014, which presents itself as a hybrid device halfway between tablet and notebook. It has a big screen 12 inches (2160×1440 pixels) and is meant as easy to use as a PC, especially decorated with its removable and adjustable keyboard. The tablet runs Windows 8.1 Pro and is clearly oriented professionals and students, although Microsoft also rents its virtues with children for example.

This is a tool suitable both for enjoying multimedia files for work on his office suite or any image editing software. It is available in France from 799 euros. Note that a stylus is optionally available.

While Microsoft likens its Surface Pro 3 to a MacBook Air, Apple could just expand in 2015 its range of tablets of a new “iPad Air Plus” of 12.2 inches, according to many sites specializing in high-tech. The Apple brand would adopt a design similar to that of the Air iPad 2 and would benefit to usher in a new generation chip, the A9, changing A8X current. This innovation could also, like the HP Slate Pro 12, be accompanied by a powerful pen.