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HP CEO: No New Smartphone in 2013, But Within 5 Years

By - Source: IDG News Service | B 12 comments

HP CEO Meg Whitman admits the company needs to launch a smartphone within the next five years.

In a recent interview with Fox Business Network, Hewlett-Packard (HP) CEO Meg Whitman said that the company will eventually need to jump back into the smartphone sector. Her reasoning was that in many countries, people can't afford to purchase a tablet, laptop or PC, thus the smartphone becomes the primary computing device. They'll do everything on that one device, and HP needs to take advantage of that opportunity.

"We are working on this," she said when asked when consumers will see an HP smartphone. "In the end I would love to be able to provide all the way from the most fabulous workstations to desktops to laptops to our tablets and convertibles all the way to smartphone," she said. "But we did take a detour into smartphone and we've got to get it right this time."

"And so my mantra to the team is 'better right than faster than we should be there,'" she added. "So we're working to make sure that when we do this, it will be the right thing for Hewlett-Packard and we will be successful."

The IDG News Service reports that Whitman talked about the smartphone subject again at HP's financial analyst day on Wednesday. She said that although her remarks to Fox Business Network caused quite a bit of sir, the company doesn't have any plans to release a smartphone before the end of 2013. However she said that the company needed to begin thinking about what makes HP so unique, and how that element can be applied to a smartphone.

"I believe that five years from now, if we don't have a smartphone or whatever the next generation of that device is, we'll be locked out of a huge segment of the population in many countries of the world," she admitted.

The company abandoned the smartphone and tablet sector last year after it acquired Palm and produced several devices based on its newly-acquired webOS operating system. The products tanked, causing HP to reorganize, let some workers go, and turn webOS into an open-source project.

During Wednesday's analyst event, Whitman also talked about the company's tablet plans. She acknowledged Apple's dominance in this sector, but said company CIOs would rather have a Windows-based product. HP just revealed on Monday its upcoming Windows 8-based ElitePad 900, an enterprise-class, 10.1-inch tablet designed for the business and educational environment.

"The consumer market, I would argue, is quite well-served by the tablet in the marketplace today from Apple," she said. "But every CIO I talk to wants to have a Windows device, backward compatibility, the ability to control those devices from a security perspective."

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    Azn Cracker , October 5, 2012 1:30 AM
    in 5 years will be a little too late. heck if they released one right now it would be too late.
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    master_chen , October 5, 2012 1:31 AM
    In 5 years? LOL.
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    greghome , October 5, 2012 1:46 AM
    I honestly can't see them making even a dent in the market if they joined in.....
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    A Bad Day , October 5, 2012 1:52 AM
    Haha, HP, you're screwed if you jump back in after waiting for 5 years. Unless if you pull an iPhone maneuver on the smartphone market like what Apple did to RIM.
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    mrmez , October 5, 2012 2:12 AM
    Wow, give them a break guys.

    They said WITHIN 5 years.

    It could be as soon as 4 years and 9 months!
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    A Bad Day , October 5, 2012 3:53 AM
    mrmezWow, give them a break guys.They said WITHIN 5 years.It could be as soon as 4 years and 9 months!

    Or never. Plans change. Intel wanted a 10 GHz processor by the end of 2010. Had they stuck with Netburst, AMD would've bulldozed them.

    Hm, 10 GHz 6-core Netburst CPU. I wonder what the TDP would be...
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    Kami3k , October 5, 2012 4:22 AM
    A Bad DayOr never. Plans change. Intel wanted a 10 GHz processor by the end of 2010. Had they stuck with Netburst, AMD would've bulldozed them.Hm, 10 GHz 6-core Netburst CPU. I wonder what the TDP would be...

    Earth would of turned into a new star.
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    jdwii , October 5, 2012 5:57 AM
    Hp is still relevant Huh?
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    master_chen , October 5, 2012 6:08 AM
    HP is still relevant, huh?

    Why not? Their notebooks are still quite good, IMHO.
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    lamorpa , October 5, 2012 12:34 PM
    ...well 10 years for sure. Definitely before the end of the century...
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    lamorpa , October 5, 2012 12:35 PM
    Kami3kEarth would of turned into a new star.

    Earth would, of course, have turned into a new star?
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    happyballz , October 5, 2012 1:59 PM
    master_chenWhy not? Their notebooks are still quite good, IMHO.

    Right... as long as you buy medium-priced ones... their top of the line stuff with AMD switchable graphics are nothing but a headache.
    Look around online for DV6000q radeon issues... they put those dual GPU in expensive systems and then provide drivers from 2010 that don't work worth a crap and you cannot launch games and GPU intensive software properly. You get black screens, freezes, blues screens or nothing at all. And when you try to get help on their forums they just erase threads about any issues.

    And these issues have been going on for YEARS and they simply don't give a single fuck after they take your money. so big FUUU for HP from me.

    A lot of people been getting sick of it and started to group together to do class-auction lawsuit so we will see where that goes.

    I'm far from HP hater, had 3 medium-end notebooks and 1 net-book from them and was satisfied. But how they treat their customers when they have problems and for expensive thing at that is just despicable.