HP Getting Back Into The Tablet Game, Sans webOS

The Pre 3 arrived right around the time of HP’s announcement that it was pulling the plug on webOS, but the platform’s real swan song came in the form of its TouchPad tablet (above), which saw brisk sales as the company liquidated its stock at bargain-basement prices. Since then, many of those TouchPads have seen new life in the hands of tinkerers, especially through efforts to bring Android to the hardware. Now it looks like HP is planning to return to the tablet game, this time with a very different choice of OS.

The Chicago Tribune reports that HP is going to be producing a number of tablets running the upcoming Windows 8. In the time since the TouchPad was around, HP has noticed a renewed growth in the market for tablets, and wants to get back in on that action. Details on this new effort are sparse; so far HP’s mentioned that the tablets will feature cloud-based sharing, but that’s only to be expected. We have a general idea of what sort of hardware to look forward to, thanks to Microsoft’s Windows RT hardware requirements, but again, plenty of important details are still unknown.

Presumably, HP will be trying to get at least one such Windows 8 tablet out before the end of the year.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Via: webOS Nation

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