Leaked render allegedly shows off mysterious new HP smartphone
HP killed off the U.S. launch of the HP Pre 3 in 2011 after a limited European release of the device. But HP no longer owns webOS, which was sold to LG in February for use on the Korean manufacturer's television sets. HP currently uses Android on its 7 inch HP Slate 7 tablet and it appears that Google's open source OS will also be powering the Palo Alto based firm's new smartphone.
Our tipster didn't leave us any information about pricing or specs, but the timing of this leak, coming just a couple of weeks after an HP executive says that HP needs to be in the game, is awfully fascinating.
Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!
15. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
round corners check
the camera position check
its an apple body with a stock android inside
16. vandroid (Posts: 232; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)
It has the iPhone look but am I the only one who didn't know LG bought webOS?
19. Pancoon (Posts: 42; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)
I had the exact same thought. That make two of us. I never read any articles on it.
27. AkoSiMio (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 May 2013)
Same here. I didn't hear anything about that either... @_@
32. MyJobSux (Posts: 70; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)
I have tried to keep up on WebOS but never heard about LG purchasing it. I thought they open sourced it and let it go.
26. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
Looks like an iPhone to me, home button swapped with a notification light running stock android.
3. papss (Posts: 2860; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
Put a round button at the bottom and it looks very similar to the iPhone 4 and S
4. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 627; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Amateur Photoshop montage of iPhone silhouette with Android screenshot and lens-flare effect? Really?
6. ckoch125 (Posts: 163; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Looks way too much like a photoshop iphone
7. biglou508 (Posts: 11; Member since: 17 May 2012)
Looks like a someone took a iPhone and just photoshop it. I will say do if it was a 4.7 inch screen with on screen keys which would make it 4.5 inches I would buy it. If it had near stock android it would be even better.
9. lorenzattractor (Posts: 52; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Obvious amateur photoshop. I mean, if this was professional the HP logo would be properly centralized and it sure isn't.
10. apple4never (Posts: 672; Member since: 08 May 2013)
if its as battery hungry as its laptops you'd b lucky to make it past midday with that thing
11. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 152; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
I think HP will make crap phones if this is true. Heard their slate is crap. Their computers are too lolol.
12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5462; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Someone is trying too hard just to be famous. Just sad.
17. Lyngdoh (Posts: 199; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
What kind of a flare is that?
The phone looks like a chinese iphone copy with stock android.
18. plerdplern (Posts: 12; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)
It looks like the mix btw iPhone and htc one design language.
24. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1616; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
And you know cause you have I used this phone...,,
25. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 1871; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Looks like iPhone running Android.
29. GrndsKeeprWillie (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
I wonder how much HP paid someone to come up with that?
30. GrndsKeeprWillie (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
Maybe their master plan is to buy Apple and Google and just put them on a shelf somewhere.
31. fb1996 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jul 2013)
HP also plans a Windows Phone.
New renders leaked:
33. one.m.davis (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jul 2013)
advanced warning, this is a long comment, but so much of this idea frustrates me
I actually really hope that rendering isn't right, why, it looks like a complete iphone copy, so much so, that I am hoping that whoever did the rendering started with an iphone and photoshopped a hp logo on the back and an android homescreen onto the front.
But I have seen nothing in the last many years to believe that the company ethos will allow them to do something that isn't tried and tested, I just don't believe, and don't think that the market believes, that HP is capable of delivering a (good) differentiated experience smartphone? This is the exact opportunity they had with webOS, and they showed they were not willing to invest in it. Basically the showed that innovation was not part of their company DNA. ...Which is OK, the business market, and education, and government are three very large markets that want large volumes of reliable "vanilla" technology, often in "executive" form factors, where HP is very capable.
The only truly differentiated experience HP computing has stepped up with in the last decade was webOS, where HP had the opportunity to have a unique & differentiating (and good) (I am not planning to argue if it was better or worse than android or iOS, as that is equally a preference thing) experience that they could market and sell as their own. And they basically dropped it as it was not a overnight viral success, and I think HP clearly demonstrated at that time, and more recently with the very "me too" below average android tablet (slate 7) they have released, that a HP smartphone with a (good) differentiated experience is very unlikely. That doesn't mean that they don't bring good products, in some cases they may even be the best in their field. But they don’t make products that are “differentiatingly HP”. A third example that A third example that the HP company DNA just can’t do anything unique was the “the computer is personal again” campaign. It was a great campaign, the marketing company they hired for that one did a great job, the only issue, they just continued selling plain boxes, with standard components running windows, exactly like they did before, exactly like most of their competitors do.
Maybe HP will surprise me. There actually probably is room to make hardware that is android and differentiating, like a dual screen clamshell phone, or just a dual (or even triple) sim-card phone (how many people have two phones, for work and personal, and yet none of the major manufactures do this) Actually – taking the “apple path” and selling a phone that was entirely not influenced (beyond the sim card you put in) by the carriers (no branding, no bloatware) WOULD BE a differentiating HP/android experience. And then using vanilla android, or making passing on the latest version of their HP-afied android with-in a month WORLDWIDE of the vanilla release being available. That would be a good differentiating HP experience