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Android tablet from HP may be shown off at Mobile World Congress

Computer giant HP is looking to expand its horizons in the technology world. A new report suggests that the company will attempt to offer its own line of mobile products based on the Google Android operating system.
The first Android device offered by HP will be a high-end tablet using the NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip. NVIDIA claimed that the Tegra 4 was the world's fastest mobile processor during CES 2013.
HP hasn't gone official with the tablet yet, but sources indicate that the official announcement could come soon.

Other claims made by the sources include a little tidbit that HP is currently exploring the option of launching an Android-powered smartphone. HP's own CEO, Meg Whitman, has stated in the past that her company needs to offer a smartphone.
“We have to ultimately offer a smartphone because in many countries of the world that would be your first computing device,” said Whitman in September 2012. “There will be countries around the world where people may never own a tablet or a pc or a desktop. They will do everything on a smartphone… we have to take advantage of that form-factor.”
The smartphone reportedly won’t be coming out this year, but any further delay in getting out a credible entry into the cutthroat smartphone market can’t be good for HP. Even a well-respected company like BlackBerry still faces an uphill battle with its “re-entry” into smartphone relevance with BB10 and the Z10/Q10.


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Who in their right mind...
By rdhood on 2/14/2013 9:37:53 AM , Rating: 1
Who in their right mind would purchase ANY consumer electronics product from HP?

Seriously, HP has failed at EVERY consumer electronics offering for the past 15 years. Digital Entertainment Center, TV, cameras, phones, tablets, you name it. Every single one was a failure. Every single one left customers with orphaned products.

Just say NO.

RE: Who in their right mind...
By Nortel on 2/14/2013 9:44:44 AM , Rating: 2
My HP calculator was pretty good :)

RE: Who in their right mind...
By spread on 2/15/2013 12:55:36 AM , Rating: 2
Don't worry HP is hard at work adding that one to the list of fail.

RE: Who in their right mind...
By menting on 2/14/2013 10:15:20 AM , Rating: 2
HP has pretty nice business use laptops.

RE: Who in their right mind...
By retrospooty on 2/14/2013 10:36:46 AM , Rating: 3
I would if the specs and price were good... But what are the odds of that.

I see HP releasing a tablet that is either behind the latest and greatest from its competitors, but priced equally, or .... it will be comparable to its competitors but priced higher. I cant see HP releasing a comparably spec'd product at a comparable price point... But if they did, I would consider it.

RE: Who in their right mind...
By arthur449 on 2/14/2013 10:47:30 AM , Rating: 2
My HP ZR24w monitor is pretty good, and my HP ProCurve networking equipment has been delightfully stable.

RE: Who in their right mind...
By xti on 2/14/2013 11:16:12 AM , Rating: 2
i got 2 hp laptops sitting here at the office, one business, one personal, both been pretty rock solid.

sure you have to uninstall a bunch of bloat but thats pretty much everywhere. after that, a little TLC goes a long way on pretty much any computer.

RE: Who in their right mind...
By Samus on 2/14/2013 11:55:08 AM , Rating: 2
rdhood, while I see your point, HP makes some really, REALLY nice laptops like the Folio end Elitebook models. They are also consistently cheaper than the Lenovo and Dell equivalent.

As for servers, HP servers are the most common-place rack servers in the world and have exceptional reliability compared to Dell who uses desktop-grade components in all their entry-level servers.

RE: Who in their right mind...
By drlumen on 2/14/2013 2:27:28 PM , Rating: 2
I never had a problem with the HP displays I owned - except for them being stolen.

I currently have one of their entry level laser printers at home and it works great with no problems. With a vendor discount and IMS, it was ~$150 for a duplexing, network laser printer. That included an extra toner cart. Great deal.

RE: Who in their right mind...
By Reclaimer77 on 2/14/2013 4:59:35 PM , Rating: 1
Welcome to DailyTech, where if it's not Apple or doesn't come from a company grossing quadrillions a year, everything they make automatically "sucks"...

HP vs Samsung
By Mitch101 on 2/14/2013 9:26:05 AM , Rating: 2
It seems that Samsung has found the winning combination for Android on a phone. I just dont see HP being able to bring something to market that would be able to rival Samsung.

If only they did this with the HP touchpad they might have had a hit instead of a miss. Ive loaded Cyanogenmod on my HP touchpad. Android 4.1 and its very good on the Touchpad with the exception of horrible battery life.

RE: HP vs Samsung
By menting on 2/14/2013 10:15:59 AM , Rating: 2
the horrible battery life is due to lack of official drivers

RE: HP vs Samsung
By retrospooty on 2/14/2013 10:40:31 AM , Rating: 2
"Ive loaded Cyanogenmod on my HP touchpad. Android 4.1 and its very good on the Touchpad with the exception of horrible battery life"

How horrible is it? I have been toying with the idea of going CM on mine (my wifes really) but the latest WebOS really isnt too slow once you remove the logging setting. ITs pretty snappy.

RE: HP vs Samsung
By Mitch101 on 2/14/2013 10:54:49 AM , Rating: 2
If I forget to plug it in practically the next day I have to charge it before I can use it. I could probably solve this with a touchstone. But in all honesty dont let that stop you from doing it WebOS has no future and having Android installed breathes new life into it and its very fast compared to tablets on the market today.

RE: HP vs Samsung
By retrospooty on 2/14/2013 11:40:11 AM , Rating: 2
Sweet... Thanks.

they don't care enough about the consumer
By crispbp04 on 2/14/2013 2:33:56 PM , Rating: 1
HP just doesn't care enough to build quality anything. Margin dollars are their friend, not the customer.

RE: they don't care enough about the consumer
By Dorkyman on 2/14/2013 6:11:04 PM , Rating: 2
Bull. Great monitors, very good printers, very good laptops. I've worked with many HP products over the years, a few were dogs, but only a few.

And yes, a company needs to turn a profit, or they don't remain in business. Unless they are propped up by government. They they can be as inefficient as the local DMV.

By spread on 2/15/2013 12:58:53 AM , Rating: 1
Great monitors

Most blow except the "pro" ones. You can tell which are pro based on build quality.

very good printers

Their printers suck. Use a brother printer and get back to me.

very good laptops

Unless you're using the Elite series which are built like a tank, the regular non-special order products suck. Keep in mind that Compaq is also included as it is also HP.

Dear HP
By inperfectdarkness on 2/15/2013 2:27:20 AM , Rating: 2
Whose brilliant idea was it to kill off Palm?

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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