Leaked render allegedly shows off mysterious new HP smartphone

Leaked render allegedly shows off mysterious new HP smartphone
A rendering of an HP branded smartphone came to our attention on Monday night from one of our sources. What made this an interesting and timely leak is that back when this month was young, HP Senior Director Yam Su Yin was quoted as saying that the company was planning on returning to the smartphone business with a unique model. The executive was quoted as saying that "HP has to be in the game."

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!

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33 Comments

33. one.m.davis

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 20, 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

31. fb1996

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 16, 2013

HP also plans a Windows Phone. New renders leaked: img199.imageshack.us/img199/9324/qz6z.jpg

30. GrndsKeeprWillie

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Maybe their master plan is to buy Apple and Google and just put them on a shelf somewhere.

29. GrndsKeeprWillie

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

I wonder how much HP paid someone to come up with that?

25. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Looks like iPhone running Android.

23. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Fake..

21. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Until Microsoft buys the company

20. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Gonna be a piece of crap

24. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

And you know cause you have I used this phone...,, PS Reported :)

18. plerdplern

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

It looks like the mix btw iPhone and htc one design language.

17. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

What kind of a flare is that? The phone looks like a chinese iphone copy with stock android.

14. nazyr1803

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

Is that u iphone!?

13. GrmanR

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

Damn that looks fake

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Someone is trying too hard just to be famous. Just sad.

11. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

I think HP will make crap phones if this is true. Heard their slate is crap. Their computers are too lolol.

10. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

if its as battery hungry as its laptops you'd b lucky to make it past midday with that thing

9. lorenzattractor unregistered

Obvious amateur photoshop. I mean, if this was professional the HP logo would be properly centralized and it sure isn't.

7. biglou508

Posts: 11; Member since: May 17, 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.

8. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

You're describing a Nexus 4...

6. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Looks way too much like a photoshop iphone

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Wow! That looks nice!

28. diego9016

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Said no one ever

4. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Amateur Photoshop montage of iPhone silhouette with Android screenshot and lens-flare effect? Really?

3. papss unregistered

Put a round button at the bottom and it looks very similar to the iPhone 4 and S

2. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I call BS :/

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

looks looks a nexus 4s..from hp.

15. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

ALERT.. round corners check the camera position check its an apple body with a stock android inside

16. vandroid

Posts: 406; Member since: Sep 04, 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: Jul 05, 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: May 24, 2013

Same here. I didn't hear anything about that either... @_@

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