HP to build Android flavored tablet?

HP to build Android flavored tablet?
According to a well-placed source familiar with the project, HP is about to introduce an Android powered tablet. This is not going to be just any tablet, but a high-end model powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 4. The latter was introduced during CES and is expected to debut in the second quarter with NVIDIA's Project Shield gaming system. Meanwhile, HP's slate has been in the works since Thanksgiving. Other manufacturers like Toshiba are planning tablets using the chip.

The report says that HP will be holding private meetings during MWC, most likely to show off the tablet. HP is not expected to unveil the tablet to the public during the event at Barcelona. The company is going to need to really differentiate itself from the other Android tablets out there, and not wanting to do it with price, the only alternative is to compete on features.

HP's decision to go with Android comes after its failed attempt to profit from webOS. Can HP make a go out of it this time after the failure that was the purchase of Palm? webOS had the stink of failure on it by the time HP made its ill-fated purchase. This time, with Android, things should be a lot different.

source: ReadWrite

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12 Comments

1. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

Before anyone jumps on the "HP tried that already" wagon, take notice: This is not a WebOS tablet like before. That tablet (and OS) was doomed from the start and only started selling big after they discontinued it and marked it down. I think HP could really break the mold with a solid tablet, especially if it holds a quad-core Tegra 4, LTE, and the latest Android OS. Throw in Beats Audio and you have THE multimedia powerhouse for the masses.

3. nikenturd unregistered

Nvidia doesn't even make the best chip, duh...they are grossly overrated in thetablet/smartphone universe..oh and Beats is just a software tweak...nothin special

5. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

Not the best chips, but Nvidia is still impressive. The Tegra SoC is one of the most common processors out there, used in devices such as the Transformer Infinity, the Surface, One X and Nexus 7. Well-balanced and capable of handling a workload. As for Beats Audio, it's a tweak, yet a noticeable tweak. Beats is pretty much a custom equalizer that allows higher quality output, but it does make a difference depending on what hardware/peripherals are used. For multimedia, it's a good way to go..

12. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

We'll just have to wait and see this "high-end" tablet and judge 4 ourselves.

2. nikenturd unregistered

Hey HP...just a tip....if you want to stay alive in the tablet arena, better price it competitively, don't do a Sony puhhhleeeez

7. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I fully support another $99 firesale xD

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Since they are making a Chrome book this isnt to much of a shock. and with them using a tegra 4 will make this very interesting. I wonder if they will try and stream games from there windows laptops and desktops to the device.

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

They might as well.

8. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

I bought the TouchPad when it was first launched. It was not a failure by any means. HP simply gave up on it. Big difference in deeming it a failure on arrival - in my opinion.

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i might would take a 8.2"-10.1" one with Stock Android and a cheaper price tag. o:

10. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

WebOS was not doomed. That was one of the best OSes available at that time. I would say that was equal to or better than IOS or Android and definitely better than Windows Phone (7/7.5/7.8/8). That failed because Palm did not know how to reap the benefits of their rocksolid os and HP being HP (read "dumbass") killed it before it even breathed its first. Who on earth would spend millions / billiions in acquiring a company, working on the products, manufacturing so many devices and then pronouncing them dead before they even hit the market? HP, Please dont do a halfassed job with this at least.

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Apotheker was a pretty bad CEO. "OMG the Touchpad isnt selling liek the Ipad after a month on the market, KILL IT!"

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