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HP decides to hold off on ARM-based Windows tablets for now

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HP decides to hold off on ARM-based Windows tablets for now
"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
HP says its decision to hold off on producing ARM-based tablets was a result of listening to their customers. Still, it also is possible that with the introduction of the Surface tablets, the Palo Alto based tech legend might not have wanted to compete with hardware made by the developer of the software. According to
Marlene Somsak, a spokeswoman for HP, the company will stick with making x86 devices which is what HP's customers want.

The tablets will be available with Windows RT running on ARM based processors and Windows 8 running on Intel's x86 chips. The lack of Windows RT models from HP off the bat reduces the number of such models available. As it is, Microsoft has limited the availability of Windows RT to ensure that a smaller number of high quality ARM based tablets will be available at launch. The cost of the license to use Microsoft Windows RT also will limit the number of ARM based tablets. Somsak says that the first HP Windows 8 tablets will be focused on the business market.

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 29 Jun 2012, 13:16 3

1. Birds (Posts: 961; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I bet HP is still recovering from the extreme failure of the HP WebOS tablet. They are nervous about those "finicky" SoCs. I just hope this isn't a bad decision for them.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 13:53

2. gwhyte01 (Posts: 44; Member since: 09 Jul 2008)


Arm should be used on phones only.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 19:07 3

3. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


You know Apple is taking over the world with their tabs and here it is these loser PC oems are upset and worried about MS's Surface. You know at least MS came up with a product that has quality written all over it, while the oems make cheap plastic stuff sold at high prices.

posted on 30 Jun 2012, 15:50

4. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


You definitely have a point in respect to the other OEMs. They most likely would have released some less attractive cheaper products. This is why what MS did was brilliant. It will hopefully force other OEMs to be inventive and produce some high quality devices. Because unlike Nokia and HTC all other OEMs have been thus far luke warm to jump on board the new Windows applications. Time will tell if MS made the right move and if the other OEMs will really embrace the new Windows aka Metro.

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