World's top PC maker Hewlett-Packard (HP) is reportedly working on the Android-based tablet which is expected to make its debut within this year, a source close to the company has confirmed recently.
Citing two unnamed sources, ReadWrite claimed that the HP's first Android tablet will be a high-end device powered by the Nvidia's Tegra 4 processor chip.
This processor is one of the world's most powerful mobile SoCs, having been introduced at this year's CES convention with 4 CPU cores and 72 GPU cores. This processor takes the place of NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor, also known as the world's first quad-core mobile SoC. Though very few products have been announced with the NVIDIA Tegra 4 for the market thus far, it wouldn't be out of the question for a group like HP to grab hold this soon after the initial reveal.
HP's new tablet will be one of the first devices to feature Nvidia's quad-core processor 'Tegra 4'. Since the new processor chip was launched last month in the international electronics convention CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2013, other smartphone makers are yet to adopt it.
It's no surprise that HP is pushing out the tablet boat. Comments from HP chief executive Meg Whitman last year hinted that a smartphone could be on deck in the not-too-distant future, but ultimately ruled out a smartphone by the end of 2013.
HP in its bid to make a stronger comeback in the mobile device arena and has chosen to ditch the longtime partner Microsoft to Google. In a show of strained relationship with Microsoft, HP recently introduced a Google OS based 'Pavilion 14 Chromebook' PC.
Two years ago, HP introduced 'HP webOS' based smartphones and tablets, but due to poor sales, the devices were discontinued within eight months of their release. Even though HP tops the global PC shipments, PC shipments have declined worldwide dramatically in the past few years. HP's strategy to re-enter mobile devices is understandable as many technology savvy consumers are inclining towards the lighter and cheaper tablets, and smartphones which are capable of performing same operations of bulky desktops and laptops.
With HP's last several years, it's not unlikely that this Android rumor is just a figment of someone's wild imagination. We've seen Android HP tablet rumors in the past, and there is no doubt that we will see them in the future as well (if this one proves to be dust, that is). HP has also revealed their first Chrome book running the Google OS Chrome just this past month, so it's not out of the question that HP is working closer with Google than they ever have before.comments powered by Disqus