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WebOS Powered HP Slate Coming Early 2011


WebOS Powered HP Slate Coming Early 2011

HP has finally given some clear indication as to its tablet strategy and has revealed that it will release devices based on both Windows 7 and WebOS, the OS it acquired when it bought Palm in April this year.

"You'll see us with a Microsoft product out in the near future and a WebOS-based product in early 2011," said Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP's personal systems group. He was speaking at the HP's third-quarter earnings call press conference, where the company announced revenue for the period of $30.7 billion, up 11.4 per cent.

The obvious split here is a Windows 7 tablet for the tie wearing enterprise users, and a hopefully slicker WebOS based one for the cool kids.

Sticking with Windows 7 for corporates seems like a safe bet, especially for document and application compatibility, so no surprise there – but it does beg the question why it cancelled the Slate in the first place.

While the Palm Pre didn’t set the world on fire, if HP can get the hardware right and drum up some more support for WebOS from developers it could also be onto something with its consumer tablet, which is rumoured to be called, the 'PalmPad'.

HP was recently embroiled in much brouhaha over the misdemeanours of its former chief executive Mark Hurd, and would probably much rather we didn’t mention them at this point. Oh, too late.

Link: http://www.hp.com


August 20, 2010, 7:05 pm

Seriously? Early 2011? What have all the tech companies other than Apple been up to all this time!

By the time this comes out the hype about the iPad 2 will have hit fever pitch and this will get swamped,, which is a real shame since I wouldve liked to see this do well!

Really hope the Tegra 2 tablets appear before the end of the year, or at least that the Samsung Tablet is good at a reasonable price point!


August 20, 2010, 7:17 pm

Quote: "if HP can get the hardware right" - I see a problem already! :)

Seriously though, I hope WebOS continues to matures into a great mobile OS, as it's shown what it can do with limited resources and money for it's development. Just hope HP don't ruin the hardware with substandard parts or too many buttons, it's a touch screen for a reason and it should have the screen size to cope!

Ed Churchward

August 20, 2010, 8:36 pm

It will be interesting to see how they get around not having a keyboard with Webos as it is heavily reliant on the keyboard with the Pre and Pixi. The ability to instantly search wherever you are will be totally lost, thus pushing the OS up against OS's like IOS, Android and WP7 where they have primarily been designed to be used by screen first. It might struggle.


August 20, 2010, 9:13 pm

slide out qwerty keyboard


August 23, 2010, 2:55 am

"slide out qwerty keyboard"

Wouldnt that make it what is more commonly known as "a laptop" ... ?


August 23, 2010, 4:41 pm

I'm sure HP/Palm will have devise a cunning way to integrate a 'soft' keyboard within WebOS - and still retain the power and ease of use WebOS is renowned for.

If done right, WebOS, has arguably the greatest potential to upstage Apple and the iPad. HP - please don't lock your WebOS tablets down - give us the flexibility and utility that'll really establish the tablet as a great platform for much more than the consumption of multimedia and infotainment.

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