HP Aims To Produce Windows 8 Tablet This 2012
HP is planning to launch a new Windows 8-based tablet after a year of dismal performance with its mobile devices.
This year, the company is back with a vengeance with three new possible Windows 8 devices, each targeted a different consumer. The first possible tablet would be a hybrid between a slate and a laptop.
This tablet is expected to run on a 32-nanometer dual-core Clover Trail chip. Another tablet with the same CPU could be produced for business use. A third tablet, however, might run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.
In 2011, the HP TouchPad, which ran on WebOS, and was conceptualized to compete with the Apple iPad, had an unprecedented failure. Retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy, and Staples had tried to return the units to HP, and even offer great discounts, only to the dismay of the retailers and HP. The Palo Alto company was even compelled to sell the tablet for as $100 per unit, if only to get rid of the unsold stocks.
HP’s new tablets this year will not aim to compete with the Apple iPad, which still currently leads the tablet field. Instead, HP intends to market it as a device for enterprise use. Cloud computing, security, and data management tools will be the company’s focus.