HP to release two Windows 8 tablet-notebook hybrids

HP has already announced it will launch a business-focused tablet that will be based on Windows 8. On Thursday, the company's CEO Meg Whitman confirmed that HP would also release two more Windows 8 products that will be a hybrid of tablet and notebook for consumer use.

Informationweek.com reports that Whitman made these remarks as part of the company's quarterly financial conference call. No other details of these products were announced.

Earlier this year, Neowin revealed an early render of what is expected to be HP's Windows 8 business tablet. More recently, the back of a mysterious tablet has appeared in an HP TV commercial and on its web site.

The news of the Windows 8 hybrid products came the same day that HP also announced a massive loss of $8.9 billion for its last fiscal quarter. Most of the loss was due to the company's purchase of Electronic Data Systems. HP's PC division generated revenues of $8.62 billion for the quarter, down 10 percent from the same period a year ago.

HP said that the decline in its PC sales was due in part to companies waiting for the launch of Windows 8. HP is expected to release its Windows 8 notebooks, desktops and tablets in late October, the same time Microsoft will launch Windows 8 to the general public.

Source: Informationweek.com | Image via HP

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Assuming that they gonna put some hardware from a laptop, not sure if it would be easy to hold it for a long time with just one hand like on the ad.

this is my desired form factor as well and I'm really looking forward to see who pulls it off the best. I've tried it out in the past with the original Win XP tablet release when I had my Compaq TC1000 which was a dog for performance, the Transmeta CPU in it at the time just couldn't keep up, but I loved the potential of the convertible form factor, especially for Windows 8 which I'm already enjoying on my laptop.

We really need to start calling these tablet tops or tabtops because this "tablet-notebook hybrid" phrase is going to get old fast.

Honestly I think it would be nuts to buy a Windows 8 machine that doesn't double as both tablet and laptop.

Will H-P be issuing drivers for the post Windows-8 environment? I'm certainly not going to buy a PC or any piece of auxiliary hardware that is captive to just one version of an OS. (I have been burned several times by HP not supplying drivers for later OS releases. Needless to say, H-P is not on my company's list of "approved vendors.")

TsarNikky said,
Will H-P be issuing drivers for the post Windows-8 environment? I'm certainly not going to buy a PC or any piece of auxiliary hardware that is captive to just one version of an OS. (I have been burned several times by HP not supplying drivers for later OS releases. Needless to say, H-P is not on my company's list of "approved vendors.")

My last HP laptop released with drivers for XP and Vista and they then released compatible drivers for Windows 7 when it was released. In fact, with the exception of Dell who are generally pretty good, HP are the only OEM that I've come across to do this. I've had laptops from Fujitsu and now Sony and neither even bothered to keep the drivers for the shipped version of Windows up to date let alone releasing drivers for a new version of Windows.

jakem1 said,

My last HP laptop released with drivers for XP and Vista and they then released compatible drivers for Windows 7 when it was released. In fact, with the exception of Dell who are generally pretty good, HP are the only OEM that I've come across to do this. I've had laptops from Fujitsu and now Sony and neither even bothered to keep the drivers for the shipped version of Windows up to date let alone releasing drivers for a new version of Windows.


Your laptop experiences must part of those exceptions that keep H-P in business. Does your experience also include your H-P peripherals?