HP doesn’t quite seem to know what to do about smartphones these days. It has a storied history with them, releasing Windows Mobile models (like the iPAQ 210, above) before getting into webOS. Since the shuttering of that platform, though, we’ve wondered what the future might hold for HP phones. Certainly, we’ve seen Android tablets from the company, but rumors from earlier this summer of an HP Android phone ultimately proved fruitless. Now there’s a new idea going around, suggesting that HP will release a Windows Phone model.
This rumor is very light on specifics, but supposedly a “trusted source” indicates that HP’s been working on a new smartphone for a while now, and it looks like it’s going to be a WP8 model. We don’t get anything in the way of specs, nor a very detailed timeframe for when to expect news of this phone, but it sounds like HP might be aiming for a post-GDR3 release, which very well could suggest the presence of a 1080p display or quad-core SoC.
Any of you die-hard webOS fans excited by this news? HP build quality was a little hit-and-miss back then, but it always had an eye for design. Would its affinity for hardware keyboards carry over, possibly bringing WP8 its first such device? We’re right curious to learn if there’s really anything to this rumor.