HP will enter the android tablet and smartphone market: report

According to a report from website ReadWrite.com, Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HPQ) is planning to launch a line of Android-based tablets and possibly even a smartphone.

According to the report, on which HP has declined to comment, the HP Android tablet would be powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 chip. An Android smartphone is also said to be under consideration.

HP has been cautious about dipping its feet back into the smartphone and tablet market after its TouchPad, based on the webOS platform it acquired when it bought Palm, debuted two years ago to lacklusture reviews. The vendor quickly exited the market and hasn’t been in a large hurry to re-enter it, although it had dipped its toe in with select Windows 8-based devices targeted at a professional market.

With HP holding its global partner conference the week of February 18th in Las Vegas, we’ll watch for further indications of HP’s plans in the mobility space.

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Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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