Hewlett-Packard Co. (better known as HP) confirmed reports that it will not be jumping into the Windows RT realm… at least, not now. The company said Friday that while it is trying to rebuild its momentum in the world of technology, it will manufacture more tablets based on Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 8, and chips based on Intel’s x86 architecture.
Rumors spread last week about HP’s desire to launch devices based in Windows RT that will pose as competitions to Microsoft’s own Surface tablets. The company has a good reputation in building PCs and laptops and while it is still a hatchling in the tablet market, tech enthusiasts as well as analysts believe it will do better in competition provided it will jump into the x86 bandwagon and build up its reputation in such market before going further.
Last week, Microsoft revealed the existence of Surface. While there is no information as to the specific release date of the device, it started speculations that other manufacturers would also jump into the new market and HP is just one of them. But to put the rumors to rest, an HP representative confirmed that it is indeed looking forward into building devices based on ARM processors but the realization may come later as it will set its focus on x86 market.
“I can confirm that at HP, we continue to look at using ARM processors in business and consumer products. However, our first Win 8 tablet will be on the x86 platform focused on the business market,” said the representative.
As much as HP wants to be among the few manufacturers to take the lead in new markets, it has seen great potential in the current market where it can easily attract new consumers, satisfy its loyal patrons and gain great following.
“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 rep added.
Basically, HP didn’t scrap for good the plan of building ARM-based tablets, instead it’s putting it to rest while trying to build a momentum and perhaps take the lead in the x86 ecosystem.
A report from PCMag suggested that HP has actually gone as far as building a prototype tablet based on ARM processor using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC but it was ditched around two weeks ago, just before Microsoft revealed its Surface tablet. If such report was true, the company has already taken a huge step to realizing such plan only to ditch it for the time being.