HP's webOS tablet 'due in Q3'
This is the story of the Hurricane
HP will release a tablet based on Palm's webOS in the third quarter, according to a report citing an "HP insider."
According to Examiner.com, the device will be known as the HP Hurricane.
On April 28, HP announced it had agreed to purchase Palm, and during a conference call with reporters and analysts, the company said it intended to use Palm's webOS on tablets as well as smartphones.
HP was already developing a tablet based on Windows 7 - the HP Slate - but rumor has it that this project is now buried. The word is that HP considers Atom too power-hungry.
The third quarter seems awfully soon for the release of device based on webOS - especially when you consider that HP would have to switch from Atom to ARM - or port webOS to Atom.
But it's possible that HP is repurposing an existing ARM tablet project for webOS. There have long been rumors that the company was also developing an Android-based tablet. ®
Forget what Billy G and Microsoft have been spouting for the last decade. This new iteration of tablets are not laptops, and not replacements for laptops. They are media consumption devices: web browsing, images, movies, books.
When you want to get shit done, you use a computer or laptop.
When you *don't* want to get shit done, you use a tablet.
Why do I need a tablet? at least in its present form? I have a laptop which does more than 100 times more than a tablet, others have a notebook. As for the ipad what wasteful expensive rubbish. I reserve opinion for HP's but am not convinced I need to spend 450-500 for a thing that's far inferior to any laptop and it's almost as big. If they can make these tablets foldable and 200grams may think about one. Thanks.
Hard to believe...
The 3rd quarter ends in 143 days and HP doesn't even own WebOS yet. I do not believe they can bring a viable product to market in that time. The original rumor said "as early as" the end of Q3, but nobody is quoting that part. I do not expect an HP tablet in time for the holiday season this year even though they are probably working on it right now. There are all those nasty little details like getting a finished product to manufacturing, producing a sufficient quantity and, of course, FCC certification. At least we won't have to wait very long to find out.