HP: "we're going to become better than number one" in tablets

By on May 25, 2011, 8:00 AM

Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest PC manufacturer, plans to do just as well in the tablet market as it is doing in the overall PC market. In fact, the company plans to do even better.

"In the PC world, with fewer ways of differentiating HP's products from our competitors, we became number one; in the tablet world we’re going to become better than number one," HP's European head Eric Cador said at a press conference in Cannes, according to The Telegraph. "We call it number one plus."

HP is likely talking long-term as its current tablet offerings are next to none. Its upcoming webOS tablet looks solid (more information below), but it's nowhere near enough for the company to take gold, or even place in the top three.

HP completed its acquisition of Palm for $1.2 billion in July 2010. Despite suspicions by many that the company would kill webOS, so far it has done the exact opposite. In October 2010, HP officially introduced webOS 2.0, the most significant update to the platform since its launch in 2009, along with the Palm Pre 2, the first device to sport it.

Two months ago, HP announced that it plans to put webOS on all of its PCs in 2012. A beta (running in a browser on Windows) is slated for this year.

HP's webOS strategy appears to be centered on leveraging its PC business to push webOS in mobile: both on smartphones and especially on tablets. It is way too soon to tell if this will work, but if webOS is going to succeed, another mobile OS will likely end up dying a slow death.

The HP TouchPad is a 9.7-inch slate (1024 x 768 resolution), powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 processor, 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage, 1GB of RAM, HP's Beats audio, a micro-USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a front-mounted 1.3MP camera, as well as a light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, and GPS (3G model only). It measures 242 x 190 x 13.7mm and weighs around 740g. The device is running a WebOS 3.0 with true multitasking, Flash 10.1, a paneled e-mail application, a pop-up notification system like Growl, Skype support, wireless printing, calendar and e-mail integration via HP Synergy, as well as compatibility with Amazon's Kindle ebook store, Google Docs, QuickOffice, and more.

We've known for a while now that the HP TouchPad will arrive in June 2011. That being said, it's still not clear when exactly next month we'll be able to grab one, but we'll probably find out soon enough. Pricing should be $500 for the 16GB model and $600 for the 32GB model.




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Arris Arris said:

Number 0? -1? This is as stupid as "I'll give 110% effort".

Guest said:

If u sell this product with the price tag of $399.00 16GB and 499.00 for 32GB then u will be number 1...

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

Arris said:

Number 0? -1? This is as stupid as "I'll give 110% effort".

My gosh. You have no idea how annoyed I get whenever I hear somebody say "they gave 110%!"

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Number one plus?

One plus anything is more than one, so you're no longer #1, you're somewhere between 1 and 2.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

No.....no lo es estupido....!

Number one plus?

One plus anything is more than one, so you're no longer #1, you're somewhere between 1 and 2.

It sort of depends on now you array the numbers. For example, if you array them vertically in ascending order from top to bottom, zero would be the highest number!

Herein lies the new HP ad slogan, "we've gone higher that number one, we're number zero"!

Number 0? -1? This is as stupid as "I'll give 110% effort".
Nuh, uh uh! Who was the great man who said, "success is one percent inspiration, and one hundred and nine percent perspiration"?

princeton princeton said:

Maybe you should work on making a decent webOS smartphone before bragging about moving into the tablet market.

Cota Cota said:

Princeton said:

Maybe you should work on making at least acceptable products before bragging about moving into the tablet market.

There fixed it for you

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Nuh, uh uh! Who was the great man who said, "success is one percent inspiration, and one hundred and nine percent perspiration"?

I can't decide between Ronnie Reagan and Yogi Berra.

IAMTHESTIG said:

That's quite a claim HP...

Could you please start by putting nice displays in your tablets? I'm sick of these poor viewing angle TN panels with dim CCFL backlighting. Not to mention whatever digitizer your using on the Slate 500 doesn't work in natural sunlight, it packs up and because almost completely unresponsive.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

That's quite a claim HP...

Could you please start by putting nice displays in your tablets? I'm sick of these poor viewing angle TN panels with dim CCFL backlighting. Not to mention whatever digitizer your using on the Slate 500 doesn't work in natural sunlight, it packs up and because almost completely unresponsive.

That's the one thing that Apple does right! IPS displays on everything.

princeton princeton said:

captaincranky said:

That's quite a claim HP...

Could you please start by putting nice displays in your tablets? I'm sick of these poor viewing angle TN panels with dim CCFL backlighting. Not to mention whatever digitizer your using on the Slate 500 doesn't work in natural sunlight, it packs up and because almost completely unresponsive.

That's the one thing that Apple does right! IPS displays on everything.

Except they're glossy displays which work better as mirrors than as monitors.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Except they're glossy displays which work better as mirrors than as monitors.
That's how they fake their incredible c-sat.

tw0rld tw0rld said:

Better than number 1?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Better than number 1?
Boggles the mind, doesn't it?

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