HP is cool with the Surface, has its own special sauce for tablets

While some vendors are losing sleep over Microsoft's Surface, HP has not been phased at all by the announcement from Redmond and in fact is encouraged by what the company is doing. While we don't expect HP to come out and say that they are scared of the Surface, as surely the company has the resources to build quality products, the statement from John Solomon, senior vice president of HP’s Americas region printing and personal systems division, is more bullish than we expected.

Solomon said that the relationship with Microsoft has not changed since the Surface announcement and they are bullish on what Microsoft is doing. Solomon stated the following to CRN:

I believe Microsoft was basically making a leadership statement and showing what’s possible in the tablet space,” Solomon told CRN. “Our relationship has not changed at all due to Microsoft’s announcement. In fact, I applaud it — I think it’s great that they are getting out in front and [demonstrating] what’s possible.

Of course, this could all change if Microsoft is able to lower the floor on the pricing of the Surface to the rumored, but hard to swallow, amount of $199. If Microsoft does deliver hardware at that price point and it is subsidized, HP may have a change of tune.

HP is not backing away from the tablet market either, we have already shown you one leaked slide of a tablet the company is working on and we expect that they likely have a few more up their sleeve.

HP goes on to say that they have their own unique technology that they will incorporate to the tablet market, Solomon states:

We will be very focused on the commercial tablet opportunity, which is completely under penetrated. And, we have some unique intellectual property that we're going to apply

We are looking forward to seeing what HP is able to come up with and how they will apply their own unique angle to this market. It won't be long until these devices hit retail shelves where we will finally get a solid look at what OEMs have been working on for the past year to fight for our hard earned cash. 

Source: CRN via: AllthingsD

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Why would Windows Talets need t be subsidized? The desktops and laptops aen't. You'd have to be a fool to buy a tablet via a carrier. Even if you buyone that is broadband enabled. I mean, unless you aready have a phone with a certain carrier there is no real benefit from buying from them.

Go online pay cash, walk in the door and activate. It will cost youmore to do it with the carrier.

Unique intellectual property = Web OS...we saw how that went. Shame that it happened that way. I still love my Touchpad.

Kimleng said,
Unique intellectual property = Web OS...we saw how that went. Shame that it happened that way. I still love my Touchpad.

I think there is a lot of untapped potential Palm's IP could bring to an existing platform (I just don't see it standing on its own anymore). Not a simple matter of a UI skin or layer or dual-boot setup, but I'm sure there's some way to 'reimagine', as it were, Palm technology in a way that could differentiate a Windows RT experience without butchering it.

Is HP the kind of company that could pull that off? ...ehhhhhhhh, it's too early in the day for me to be a hater, so I'll reserve judgment.

jakem1 said,
I just hope HP's "unique intellectual property" doesn't mean more bloatware.

No, it probably means shoddy build quality and famously horrific support.

jakem1 said,
I just hope HP's "unique intellectual property" doesn't mean more bloatware.

The nice thing about RT tablets is that all bloatware is one-click uninstalls, and since the apps themselves can't negatively affect performance since they can't run in the background, it doesn't matter if they are on the system or not, much like Windows Phone. But, because Android lets OEMs muck around with the core OS and do things like always require AT&T phones to connect to the slow "attwifi" any time it's detected, I want to wipe the ROM and get a stock device.

jandler said,
Microsoft set a baseline, it is up to others to do better.

True although IMHO Nokia has mentioned the idea of creating tablets so it will be interesting if down the road one ends up seeing the surface becoming a Nokia product.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

True although IMHO Nokia has mentioned the idea of creating tablets so it will be interesting if down the road one ends up seeing the surface becoming a Nokia product.

I would love a Lumia Tab from Nokia to be honest. I've seen design ideas that take cues from the current Lumia design and honestly looked kinda slick.

Any oem can make a great competing product if they can put a stylus option on their arm versions . Right now everybody has them on the pro and x86 windows 8 tabelts.

majortom1981 said,
Any oem can make a great competing product if they can put a stylus option on their arm versions . Right now everybody has them on the pro and x86 windows 8 tabelts.

Hopefully it isn't a stupid netbook-like limitation put in place as I would love an RT with a stylus.

PmRd said,

*cough* Acer *cough*

ACER.

There I said it clearly.

ACER whined at Microsoft, telling Microsoft to stop making hardware because "you are not good making hardware". It's funny because it's ACER that is not good in making hardware, and Microsoft is excellent at hardware.