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HP CEO Meg Whitman said quality and innovation will be the main focus points

Hewlett-Packard (HP) didn’t have the best luck with mobile its last time around, but the company is looking to give it a second shot by paying closer attention to both quality and innovation.
 
HP CEO Meg Whitman said that the PC maker is now focusing on tablets specifically during the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. 
 
“We’re shifting resources from PCs to tablets,” said Whitman. “The market moved very fast to tablets and smartphones, and we’ve got to now manage that transition. And it’s not that HP didn’t try to manage that transition – they did with the acquisition of Palm. But as you know under the previous [management] that took a little detour to nowhere.”

 
To make sure the Palm disaster doesn’t happen again, Whitman said HP will focus more closely on quality this time around. She wants to correct warranty and support problems in order to achieve this.
 
Whitman also mentioned keeping on top of innovation, saying that “innovation is not dead at this company.” She has already upped research and development funding in order to help out in this area.

Earlier this week, HP announced an Android-powered tablet called the Slate 7 for $170. The specs include a dual-core, 1.6GHz Cortex A9 ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space (expandable via microSD), a 1024x600 display, Bluetooth 2.1, a front-facing VGA camera, and a 3MP shooter on the back.
a dual-core, 1.6GHz Cortex A9 ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space (expandable via microSD), and a 1024x600 display. Other lackluster specs include Bluetooth 2.1, a front-facing VGA camera, and a 3MP shooter on the back. The device runs a stock version of Android 4.1. - See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/HP+Steps+Back+into+Tablet+Game+With+Androidpowered+170+Slate+7/article29975.htm#sthash.Y6I2pYGx.dpuf
a dual-core, 1.6GHz Cortex A9 ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space (expandable via microSD), and a 1024x600 display. Other lackluster specs include Bluetooth 2.1, a front-facing VGA camera, and a 3MP shooter on the back. The device runs a stock version of Android 4.1. - See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/HP+Steps+Back+into+Tablet+Game+With+Androidpowered+170+Slate+7/article29975.htm#sthash.Y6I2pYGx.dpuf
a dual-core, 1.6GHz Cortex A9 ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space (expandable via microSD), and a 1024x600 display. Other lackluster specs include Bluetooth 2.1, a front-facing VGA camera, and a 3MP shooter on the back. The device runs a stock version of Android 4.1. - See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/HP+Steps+Back+into+Tablet+Game+With+Androidpowered+170+Slate+7/article29975.htm#sthash.Y6I2pYGx.dpuf
a dual-core, 1.6GHz Cortex A9 ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space (expandable via microSD), and a 1024x600 display. Other lackluster specs include Bluetooth 2.1, a front-facing VGA camera, and a 3MP shooter on the back. The device runs a stock version of Android 4.1. - See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/HP+Steps+Back+into+Tablet+Game+With+Androidpowered+170+Slate+7/article29975.htm#sthash.Y6I2pYGx.dpuf
 
HP acquired Palm for $1.2 billion in 2010, but encountered many issues. Mainly, sales were slow due to sloppy execution, overproduction and slow hardware releases.
 
HP eventually killed off webOS and its TouchPad tablet in 2011.

Earlier this week, HP sold webOS to LG for SmartTVs.

Source: CNET



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By Flunk on 2/27/2013 4:33:14 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, they discontinued the Envy Line and have re-labelled their cheaper Pavilion line to Envy. For example the dv6t is now an "Envy". They no longer offer any high-end consumer notebooks.

I was really disappointed when I went looking for a new notebook a few months ago. I very likely would have bought an Envy 15, if they still made that model. It appears HP just doesn't want our money anymore.

The Elitebook line is still ok, for now.


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