HP resumes production of “home” tablets: new TouchPad
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HP decided again to join the club of tablet manufacturers. This time on x86 platform and brand new Windows 8 operating system. There are a lot of competition on tablet market but HP has enough power, experience and loyal customers to be successful. One more competitor of Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy Tab is coming.
Hewlett-Packard Company is going to resume production of tablets oriented on home users. HP discontinued the production of TouchPad tablet in 2011.TouchPad tablet went to stores on July 1, 2011. Six weeks later HP discontinued the production of the device due to low sales. The remaining tablets were sold for 99 U.S. dollars accounting for one fifth of its original price.Since then the company produces only Slate tablet for corporate clients.
In contrast to the TouchPad, the new HP tablet will not use the webOS. TouchPad was using the operating system webOS, owned by HP after acquisition of Palm in 2010 for 1.2 billion dollars. In late 2011 HP has promised to open the source code of webOS and allowed other companies to use the system without paying royalties. The new tablet will run on Windows 8 operating system.
Technical details of the device are not disclosed. However there is some information available from other internet resources. According to them the new HP tablet will be powered by x86 processor, run on Windows 8 operating system and have 10.1.-inch display. Device should be capable running on battery up to 10 hours.
According to vice-president of HP Todd Bradley the tablets will use a kind of cloud service for storing files and for synchronization of different devices.
The new HP tablet sales will launch after the release of Microfoft Windows 8. Microsoft does not disclose the exact date of the release but expectations are that Windows 8 will be available in the third quarter of 2012.
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