At an earnings call last week, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman seemed confident of her company’s holiday prospects, saying “we're going to be well-positioned for [the] holiday [season] on Windows 8 x86.” She hinted at an entire lineup of Windows 8 products from HP making it to the market in the fourth quarter. Although there is still a fairly long way to go for the holidays, the rumor mill has already started churning out stories about HP’s Windows 8 devices.
A CNET report citing unnamed sources claims that HP is readying two Windows 8 tablets and one hybrid. While one of the tablets is said to be based on an ARM-based Qualcomm processor, the other tablet and the hybrid are both rumored to have a Clover Trail Atom processor. Further, the Intel-based tablet is said to be aimed at corporate customers.
Had HP’s costly webOS experiment worked, it would have effectively knocked an HP-branded Windows on ARM tablet out of the realms of possibility. But we all know how that one went, don’t we?