HP unveils new NFC-enabled tablet

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Hewlett-Packard has released a new tablet computer that includes a case that can help merchants accept contactless payments.

The computer manufacturers confirmed the creation of the HP Pro Tablet 608, which is set to be available for purchase in August. The tablet is specifically designed for business executives who are frequently travelling.

HP also revealed a number of accessories that can be attached to the 608 tablet, including the HP Pro Tablet Mobile Retail Solution.

The retail device is a durable case that wraps around the 608 and allows it to be used with a wide range of third-party mobile payment terminals, including EMV, NFC, MSR and most digital wallets. The cases are expected to be available starting in October.

The new technology can be used by retailers to process purchases that can then be tied directly into a company’s back-end system.

HP’s new tablet could potentially face new competition from Apple. Rumours are circulating that the next iPad, which is expected to be released in the autumn, will contain NFC technology, making the device fully compatible with Apple Pay.

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