HP might be working on a Windows 8 powered Intel Tablet

HP might be releasing few Windows 8 tablets by fourth quarter, and the devices are believed to be running on Intel as well as ARM based processors

According to some sources of CNET, Hewlett-Packard might be working with some tablets and hybrid devices that will be running on Microsoft’s Windows 8. This speculation was later followed by a comment made by HP CEO Meg Whiteman that also points to the fact that HP is preparing for Windows 8 products for the fourth quarter of this year. 

According to some familiar industry source these devices considered to be under process is to include two designs based on Intel’s next generation Atom processors and Qualcomm ARM processor. Whiteman has also mentioned that they have a line of products lined up in PSG (Personal Systems Group) that are based on Windows x86, while she was addressing company’s earnings conference call. She also believes that HP will be all set by the arrival of the holiday season. 

After that the very next day she also cleared the fact that HP will be releasing Windows 8 tablets using both Intel and ARM chips, however she did not reveal any further details on the issue. 

One of the two Intel based design is also believed to be a hybrid device as reported by some source to CNET who had seen the prototype. This hybrid combines the aspects of both tablet and a laptop. Another device under process is not a hybrid and will mostly be for the corporate users. These devices might be running on Intel’s upcoming Clover Trail Atom processor, which is touted to be Intel’s first 32-nanometer dual-core Atom processor.

The device to be built with ARM will probably be around a Qualcomm processor. Among those most presumably the Snapdragon processor, that will be the best choice for them. As no more details are known about these we need to wait for late last year, when HP expects to release the devices running on Intel processors. However the ARM processors might even be released earlier as Whiteman said that they are not clear about the release date for it. 


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-02-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)