HP’s previous foray into the mobile market was two years ago when its webOS powered HP TouchPad tablet failed. They have since left the mobile industry to concentrate in the PC market but it looks like they aren’t doing good in this area as well in terms of sales. Rumor has it that the company will take another shot at making mobile devices this time around using the Android platform.
According to rumors floating over the web, HP will be releasing a high-end Android tablet that will sport an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor. This was learned from two separate sources that are privy to the matter yet want to remain anonymous since they are not authorized to comment on this issue.
It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” is the device going to be released as the sources say the company has been working on the tablet since Thanksgiving. It is highly possible that this upcoming device will be the first one released to sport the new Tegra 4 chip which was introduced during the recently held CES. Other tablets that are to be released this year using NVIDIA’s latest chip are Project Shield gaming system (NVIDIA’s own product) as well as some models from Toshiba and Vizio.
HP has declined to comment on this rumor however their actions point out to an Android device coming soon. Who could forget the TouchPad models that shipped with Android OS instead of webOS? Then there’s also the recent partnership of the company with Google to come up with a Chromebook model.
If the company wants to re-enter the mobile market then they have to double time on their efforts as some of the big Android players such as Samsung, LG and HTC are releasing various models at different price points.
The real winner in here once HP releases their tablet will be Google as another major manufacturer has stepped up to support its Android platform.
We’ll bring you more news regarding this matter once we get more details on it.