HP posted a press release yesterday on its web site announcing new lineup of consumer and business PC products, including desktop and notebook computers that are optimized to run Microsoft’s all new operating system, the Windows 8 (Read: HP announces Windows 8 consumer and business PCs). If you read the press release closely (Read press release on the official website over here), you’ll find that company has given a clue about a new tablet that was recently seen in a commercial. At the bottom of the press release, HP has stated that “An enterprise-ready tablet will be announced soon,”, without revealing any further details whatsoever.
Hewlett-Packard is one of the companies working on Windows 8/RT tablets. If you see the above video, you can see the new tablet by fast forwarding to 0:56 into the video. In the advert, we can see a man wearing a suit using the tablet device, so we may as well deduce that the device is focused on business users. Previously, we had seen a leaked presentation slide which revealed a tablet device called as “HP Slate 8”, and it ran Windows 8 Professional. According to the leaks, the device is said to feature a 10.1 inch multi-touch display and measures just 9.2mm thin and weighs 680g. In addition to that, the tablet is also said to come with a battery that will last for 8 to 10 hours of usage.
There’s no information on what the hardware specs of this upcoming tablet device will be, but what we know is that it won’t be running Android as its operating system. Going by the rumors, the device may not even use ARM processor. The word on the internet is that HP won’t be entering the ARM or Windows RT market and instead concentrate on Windows 8 as the operating system of choice for its upcoming range of tablets. HP choosing x86 platform is a good news for Intel as it will get to sell processors to HP.
According to Marlene Somsak, a spokeswoman for HP, the company will stick with making x86 devices which is what HP’s customers want. “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.”-Marlene Somsak, HP Spokeswoman
Sticking to x86 does make sense for a business device as it will have more application support. As HP won’t be producing Windows RT based devices, the number of such models being available will be very low because Microsoft is said to be limiting the availability of Windows RT in order to ensure that high quality devices are produced. Secondly, the licensing cost is outrageous and will cost $80 to $95 to vendors in order to have their device running Windows RT and that will automatically affect the price tag and will shoot prices of such tablets well above $500, something that isn’t desirable.
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