HP Reportedly Kills "Slate" Tablet PC; Looking At WebOS Alternative?

HP Reportedly Kills "Slate" Tablet PC; Looking At WebOS Alternative?

Whoa. Could it be true? Hewlett-Packard's claim to fame in the tablet PC world has been killed? It's a wild and far-fetched story, but golly if it doesn't make a little bit of sense. HP's "Slate," which Microsoft Steve Ballmer flew all the way to Las Vegas for in order to demonstrate at CES, could be dead and buried internally, according to a source talking to TechCrunch this week.

Reportedly, HP has completely "killed off" the Windows 7 Slate, which was supposed to hit the market this summer--just a few months after the iPad. This news comes just weeks after a Slate promo video made the rounds on the Web, but reportedly, HP isn't satisfied with the way Windows 7 reacted as a Tablet OS, and they also didn't like the power consumption rate of Intel-based CPUs.



So, why would HP kill off a product they have spent so much time and money marketing? Only HP knows (if this rumor proves true), but the recent acquisition of Palm may have a little something to do with it. HP promised to "double down" on WebOS, and if Windows 7 wasn't a great Tablet OS (we tend to agree), WebOS might be. It's a mobile OS, designed for low-power devices, and designed for touch inputs. Sounds like a match made in heaven. Also, now that HP owns Palm, the only way you could buy a WebOS tablet would be to buy an HP tablet. Sort of how Apple has arranged that the only iPhone OS tablet is the iPad.

We're not trying to get you too excited or anything, but a WebOS tablet would really shake-up the tablet landscape. And it might just put Palm's mobile OS on the map in a big, big way.
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If they bring it to a tablet, I think WebOS will find itself in the same predicament that it had with phones. If anything's going to give OSX and Win7 a run for their money on tablets this year, it's probably going to be MeeGo.

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@3vi1,

Don't you think that now WebOS team has the money and resources to succeed on both smartphone and tablet fronts? The bad luck it had with Palm Pre phones was due to bad marketing and hardware, not because of WebOS itself.
Microsoft doesn't seem to be on a tablet market at all at this moment, so I don't understand why you mentioned it.
I know nothing about MeeGo, but doesn't it require Intel processors? So far Intel showed that it cannot compete against ARM in terms of power consumption.

Vladimir Kelman
http://webofandroids.blogspot.com/

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vkelman:
Don't you think that now WebOS team has the money and resources to succeed on both smartphone and tablet fronts? The bad luck it had with Palm Pre phones was due to bad marketing and hardware, not because of WebOS itself.
Microsoft doesn't seem to be on a tablet market at all at this moment, so I don't understand why you mentioned it.
I know nothing about MeeGo, but doesn't it require Intel processors? So far Intel showed that it cannot compete against ARM in terms of power consumption.

I don't think the hardware was bad but it just didn't get the push it needed in the smartphone heavy market.

And the WebOS team doesn't need the money to make versions of it for tablets but it does have the resources now that it has been bought by HP.

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>> Don't you think that now WebOS team has the money and resources to succeed on both smartphone and tablet fronts?

Microsoft has the most money to pour into this, Linux has more resources, and Apple's not doing bad in either area.

Unless they get hardware support from more than HP, I don't know why developers are going to put it anywhere other than at the bottom of their list.

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3vi1:
Unless they get hardware support from more than HP, I don't know why developers are going to put it anywhere other than at the bottom of their list.

This. It is all about the developers right now imo. WebOS is really lacking in that area.

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This sounds like just a shift in strategies. I am sure they have all the manufacturing lined up for the tablet. They are probably going to rebrand it with the WebOS and call it by a different name.

Probably because the marketing was signed with Microsoft with the slate name. Since it had a hard time with the Win7 platform, they had to get away from that somehow.

I am sure they will retool it and we will see a couple different tablet styles come out by summer. Hopefully they will take this extra time and really listen to what people have to say and what they want. If they do then they will definitely give Apple a run for their money.

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