HP forming new consumer tablet unit; boost for Windows 8?

HP is apparently getting serious again about making a consumer-themed tablet; a year after the failure of the WebOS-based TouchPad. In a memo that leaked today, HP told team members that it will be forming a new Mobility Global Business Unit, which it says "will focus on consumer tablets", at least at first.

News.com confirmed with HP that the memo is genuine, but the company declined to comment further. The man picked to head up the new Mobility division is Alberto Torres, who previously was the head of Nokia's MeeGo smartphone division.

The fact that HP is launching a new consumer tablet business could be a big boost for Microsoft and Windows 8 and/or Windows RT; HP is likely to use one or both of Microsoft's operating systems in any new consumer tablet.

HP tried to launch the TouchPad tablet as a competitor to the iPad. It was released in July 2011 but poor reviews and even worse sales caused the company to pull the plug on the TouchPad just one month after it was launched.

HP has already announced it will be launching a business-themed tablet running on Windows 8 and that it will be coming out sometime later this year. In the leaked memo, the company said that tablet will continue under HP's PC division.

Source: News.com

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Proves the point. HP has no attention to detail - while Apple does. For example, on your HP desktop, they even forgot to include a SHIFT key.

Major Plonquer said,
Proves the point. HP has no attention to detail - while Apple does. For example, on your HP desktop, they even forgot to include a SHIFT key.

Eh?

All the computer I've bought have been made by hp including the one im using to type this ive been a big fan of them but lately or should I say since windows phone 7 came out they've been absolutely crazy. I was looking forward to some cool phone designs from them, then walla they went out and brought palm, what the h---, missed the whole win phone 7/ win phone 8, they had the best laptops to me design wise, I also liked the quality, but the laptop I'm on has the worst touch pad on planet earth, (seriously) I read all the bad reviews on it but I assumed it was user error, or it cant be that bad, I was wrong its terrible. I still like some of there high end stuff so I haven't given up on them but if they miss his move they might well get out of the pc game and just sell servers, all ms's rt tablets will probably sell out in a day if the price is right, everyone's got tablets coming, testing already with win 8 on them and hp's just now making his statement. crazy

UStudio said,
they went out and brought palm, what the h---, missed the whole win phone 7/ win phone 8,

They originally designed their last tablet for Windows 7, but it was so cheap and underpowered it couldn't run it, so to save face they bought PalmOS and the rest (total failure) is history.

UStudio said,
All the computer I've bought have been made by hp including the one im using to type this ive been a big fan of them but lately or should I say since windows phone 7 came out they've been absolutely crazy. I was looking forward to some cool phone designs from them, then walla they went out and brought palm, what the h---, missed the whole win phone 7/ win phone 8, they had the best laptops to me design wise, I also liked the quality, but the laptop I'm on has the worst touch pad on planet earth, (seriously) I read all the bad reviews on it but I assumed it was user error, or it cant be that bad, I was wrong its terrible. I still like some of there high end stuff so I haven't given up on them but if they miss his move they might well get out of the pc game and just sell servers, all ms's rt tablets will probably sell out in a day if the price is right, everyone's got tablets coming, testing already with win 8 on them and hp's just now making his statement. crazy

If MS is able to launch Surface RT at the rumored $199 price point then I'd bet this new unit will in fact make Android tablets. OEMs can't compete with Surface at that price point and as the last paragraph states the Windows 8 (non-RT) will not be handled by this new unit but will continue under the PC division. Also MeeGo is Linux based as Android is which makes Alberto Torres' experience more relevant.

Asmodai said,
If MS is able to launch Surface RT at the rumored $199 price point then I'd bet this new unit will in fact make Android tablets. OEMs can't compete with Surface at that price point and as the last paragraph states the Windows 8 (non-RT) will not be handled by this new unit but will continue under the PC division. Also MeeGo is Linux based as Android is which makes Alberto Torres' experience more relevant.

nexucks 7 $199. LOL ok there

Asmodai said,
If MS is able to launch Surface RT at the rumored $199 price point then I'd bet this new unit will in fact make Android tablets. OEMs can't compete with Surface at that price point and as the last paragraph states the Windows 8 (non-RT) will not be handled by this new unit but will continue under the PC division. Also MeeGo is Linux based as Android is which makes Alberto Torres' experience more relevant.

Lenovo have already said that WinRT tablets will sell for about $200-$300. It's also difficult to see an Android tablet fairing better than the WebOS tablet considering the fact that Android has failed as a tablet OS.

Asmodai said,
If MS is able to launch Surface RT at the rumored $199 price point then I'd bet this new unit will in fact make Android tablets. OEMs can't compete with Surface at that price point and as the last paragraph states the Windows 8 (non-RT) will not be handled by this new unit but will continue under the PC division. Also MeeGo is Linux based as Android is which makes Alberto Torres' experience more relevant.

I dunno. W8 is just a more powerful OS. The case in point is that I have it installed on multiple form factors and runs great. I'd avoid Android like the plague. Everyone is clammering to get the devices out because of the huge mobile market share. A cheapo phone is one thing but a cheapo tablet is another.