HP won't have Windows RT tablet for launch

HP has already announced plans to offer Windows 8-based tablets for business use months ago. Earlier this year, we received a render, from an anonymous source, that showed HP's early design for a x86-based Windows 8 Pro tablet for the enterprise market. Now HP has confirmed that it won't offer a tablet that will run on Microsoft's Windows RT, at least not right away.

Bloomberg reports that, according to a statement from an HP spokesperson, "The decision to go with x86 was influenced by input from our customers. The robust and established ecosystem of x86 applications provides the best customer experience at this time and in the immediate future."

The decision by HP means that there might be less to choose from when it comes to tablets that will run on Windows RT, which will use ARM-based hardware. Microsoft has already announced that its newly revealed Surface tablet will be released in its Windows RT form first later this year, with the Windows 8 Pro version arriving three months after the Windows RT hardware.

The HP spokesperson said today that the company's move not to offer a Windows RT-based tablet was made before the announcement by Microsoft of Surface.

Source: Bloomberg

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This is neither surprising or sad.

Jumping into the Windows RT version of Windows 8 initially would have been very risky for them. Now that Microsoft signified its intentions, they have one more reason to stay away.

For the sad part, nobody should be. The tablets HP produced for Windows 7 were simply lame, underpowered and expensive. Typical OEM lazyness.

Mike Frett said,
More OEMs should follow suit. You guys don't get it, this is a blow to Microsoft.

It's not actually a blow to Microsoft. It's a blow to all software developers that will now have one less device to potentially run their software. Microsoft won't care because HP will still be shipping X86 offerings.

Regardless though, HP is a company that can't afford to take a risk on Win RT. This could be the last windows OS launch that anyone even cares about them during.

Mike Frett said,
More OEMs should follow suit. You guys don't get it, this is a blow to Microsoft.

They should follow suit and do what? You mean build solely x86 tabs or not build tabs at all?

Because the latter would probably be a poor business decision at best.

Wyn6 said,

They should follow suit and do what? You mean build solely x86 tabs or not build tabs at all?

Because the latter would probably be a poor business decision at best.


Exactly. Surface is coming in a Pro version. Competes with the OEM x86 tablets and ultrabooks.

Poor decision by HP.

Wow, I would have thought they would be salivating at the chance to create an entire section called "crapware" on the Start Screen.

jimmyfal said,
Wow, I would have thought they would be salivating at the chance to create an entire section called "crapware" on the Start Screen.

They will. They will be selling plenty of Windows 8 powered laptops, desktops, and tablets... just no ARM products at launch.

*facepalm* x86 tablets will mean an extremely niche product and will fail hilariously, at ultra-book pricing they just can't succeed, Windows RT tablets on the other hand have a fighting chance.

I think the x86 are aimed at enterprise users not consumers. Reading the article, it seems to indicate that enterprise customers *want* x86. The RT version is for consumers.

thealexweb said,
*facepalm* x86 tablets will mean an extremely niche product and will fail hilariously, at ultra-book pricing they just can't succeed, Windows RT tablets on the other hand have a fighting chance.

The funny thing is that MSFT will release their Surface Pro that will compete easily against their x86 tablets and ultrabooks.

I believe any device based on ARM is absolutely useless because ARM can't compare to x86 in term of performance and application availability. Just because Apple does it using ARM it is just Apple being Apple always wanted to be independent from Intel. They used Motorola CPU for years before they switched to Intel because they didn't have other choice other than AMD.

Microsoft is asking too much for Surface and for given hardware performance is too much. Don't think that will go well with market.

Luka Radunovic said,

Microsoft is asking too much for Surface and for given hardware performance is too much. Don't think that will go well with market.

And how do you know what MS is asking for the Surface tablets?

Luka Radunovic said,
I believe any device based on ARM is absolutely useless because ARM can't compare to x86 in term of performance and application availability. Just because Apple does it using ARM it is just Apple being Apple always wanted to be independent from Intel. They used Motorola CPU for years before they switched to Intel because they didn't have other choice other than AMD.

Microsoft is asking too much for Surface and for given hardware performance is too much. Don't think that will go well with market.

You missed the benefits of ARM, battery life being the biggest. As a consumption device - as the iPad is, then ARM beats x86 hands down.

An easy way to look at this is, if your after a laptop/desktop replacement go x86 (if you also don't mind sacrificing screen size etc.
If you want an additional device for armchair browsing and media consumption - go ARM.

Easy.

Luka Radunovic said,
Microsoft is asking too much for Surface and for given hardware performance is too much. Don't think that will go well with market.

How much do you think Microsoft is asking for Surface? You don't even know the selling price! How can you make such a judgement?

efjay said,

And how do you know what MS is asking for the Surface tablets?


I think he's talking about the "leaked" prices from Digitimes (though every site I've seen that links to Digitimes says that it has a horrible track record )

rev23dev said,
I was planning on getting this or a Samsung.... until Surface was revealed.

Yeah, I really wanted that Samsung Series 7 Slate. I haven't looked much into HP's slate offerings, but Surface is definitely a contender in my mind. I'll just wait a few months to see what everyone is bringing to market... we should be spoiled for choice.

rev23dev said,
I was planning on getting this or a Samsung.... until Surface was revealed.

The funny thing is surface isn't the exact device for me (needs a home desktop dock for it to be perfect for me) but there is no doubt I am buying surface.... It's the only one that looks well thought out from top to bottom.

And....this is why Microsoft was right to manufacture their own tablet. They can't rely on OEMs to create a Windows RT tablet, much less one that can compete with the iPad.

evacc44 said,
And....this is why Microsoft was right to manufacture their own tablet. They can't rely on OEMs to create a Windows RT tablet, much less one that can compete with the iPad.

You may like or hate apple, but at least they know and care about designing nice looking quality hardware; something that PC makers fail in most cases, just to save a few bucks here and there and screw the buyers in the process.

Microsoft did the right move with surface. It seems to be very good so far. Hope it won't disappoint in reviews and real world usage.