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Details about HP's Windows 8 tablet hardware leaks

HP CEO Meg Whitman has already confirmed this week that it expects to sell x86-based PCs with Windows 8 by the end of 2012. She also said that HP is working to develop a business-themed Windows 8 tablet device. Now a new story claims to have more information about HP's Windows 8 tablet plans.

News.com, reporting via unnamed souces, claims that HP is in fact working on three separate Windows 8 tablet designs. Two of them are using Intel's low powered Atom processor while the third is an ARM-based device with a processor made by Qualcomm.

At least one of the two Intel-based HP tablets is being described as a hybrid product. That could mean that the device could have a screen that can be moved around to operate like a touch screen tablet but then switched to show a laptop-based keyboard for more traditional computing tasks.

Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, claims that one of HP's Windows 8 tablets will have a 10.1 inch screen with a 1,366x768 resolution. Production of this tablet is supposed to start in July, according to Shim.

It seems likely that we will hear even more information in the near future about what other PC makers, such as Dell, Lenovo and Acer, will be making for Windows 8's launch later in 2012.

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