HP Scraps Plans for ARM-based Windows RT Tablets
There won't be any ARM-based Windows RT tablets coming from HP, since it has scrapped plans to introduce them. Instead HP will focus on a business slate using the x86-based Windows 8. It may be that this decision was taken due to Microsoft bringing out its own ARM-based Windows RT tablet, the Surface (no release date given) which it revealed last week to much fanfare, which immediately sparked speculation (from SemiAccurate and The Wall Street Journal, in particular) that it would trigger a backlash from Microsoft's OEM channel who would rebel against the idea of their software partner building a competitive device.
Interestingly, one PCMag source familiar with HP and Microsoft said HP had gone so far as to build out a Windows RT tablet using a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset but scrapped those plans more than two weeks ago.
If that's the case, HP's decision was made before the Surface was revealed publicly. Perhaps HP was given advance notice of Microsoft's Surface plans and made its decision in light of that news, but the source couldn't confirm that.
Posted by | Sat, Jun 30, 2012 - 07:16 PM