From the slippery tracts of the Land of Rumors and Speculations to the firm grounds of certainty and confirmation, the Hp tablet is indeed on a firm track to reality. We had earlier carried reports of HP’s Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley having broken the news of the coming of the long delayed tablet sometime in the first quarter of next year. However, it was rumor at best and the news lacked the much needed touch of confirmation, which came during HP’s Q3 2010 earnings call.
What he had said exactly is this: “You’ll see us with a Microsoft product out in the near future and a webOS-based product in early 2011,” which should be enough to put any doubts to rest regarding the HP tablet becoming a reality. In fact, Bradley went on to add that it was the company’s tablet dreams that has prompted them to go for the Palm acquisition in the first place. HP had earlier confirmed they will be making a Windows 7 powered tablet as well, but that one would only be targeted at the enterprise sector.
However, there was no mention of any tablet based on the Android operating system. HP has had a tryst with what can be described as the most preferred operating system of tablet manufacturers, and for a while there were rumors of a tablet device from HP that would have the Android as the OS.
Now that we know for sure about the impending arrival of a WebOS and a Windows powered tablet, with the former arriving first, next in line is perhaps an Android powered tablet. The only thing left to be seen is whether it will be good enough to take on the iPad or it turns out to be a fluke, as the majority of the tablets have turned out to be so far.