HP Releasing Windows 8 Atom-Based Tablet Too

Following news that HP hopes to have Windows-8 based PCs out the door by the end of the year, HP CEO Meg Whitman said during a Wall Street Journal conference in Menlo Park, California that the company also plans to release a Windows 8 tablet in the same year-end timeframe.

According to Whitman, HP chose Intel's Atom-based solution over chips based on ARM because it's "not clear" when Windows on ARM will actually be released. Microsoft has indicated that it's pushing to launch the non-x86/64 version in the same timeframe, but apparently there's enough doubt to convince HP into using an Atom SoC instead.

Wednesday during HP's earnings conference call, Whitman made no mention of producing a Windows on ARM tablet by the end of the year, and now we know why. She also indicated that the company would be prepared for a possible Windows 8 (x86/64) launch delay, but hoped to see the new OS appear on store shelves before the 2012 holiday season begins.

"The better Windows 8 is, the better off we are," she said during the call. "So, we're rooting for a fantastic Windows 8 product that's delivered on time that we can get to market before the holiday season," she said during the call.

If Windows 8 does get delayed (and we're not saying it will), HP could very well release compatible desktops and laptops by the end of the year anyway along with a voucher to upgrade to the new OS when it finally goes retail. Tablets would likely be stalled until the new OS is released however, thwarting HP's pre-2012 Holiday Season launch, depending on how long the possible delay ensues.

In addition to talking about Windows 8 tablets, Whitman on Friday said the company is currently investing in developing talented executives. It's also focusing on organic growth and getting back to the company's original principles -- what it calls "The HP Way." She also said HP would hire the next CEO from within instead of luring outside parties.

“I will not feel like I’ve done a good job if my successor is not an internal choice,” Whitman said.

  • bobusboy
    The more competition the better.
  • phamhlam
    Is HP dumb? Atom tablets are slow and gives the user an awful experience. Put a i5 like Samsung or an i3 at least.
  • freggo
    phamhlamIs HP dumb? Atom tablets are slow and gives the user an awful experience. Put a i5 like Samsung or an i3 at least.
    All depends on the price point. and what the tablet is used for.
    A cheap tabled to check emails or a map on the go may just work.
  • stingray71
    Not even remotely interested. We're on the first steps of a paradigm shift, the outcome will not be good for MS. Are new leader is a little green android!

  • mosu
    I wonder why HP did not choose a cheaper and more suited solution from AMD for it's new tablet? An Atom solution did not stand a chance in front of an ARM chip like TI OMAP5, not to mention the G embedded series from AMD.
  • This is a huge blow to ARM. HP going Intel pretty much puts the crapper on ARM in the tablet market for Windows 8. No doubt others will follow. The WOA solution was a poor one anyway. As for those claining the ARM chips are better, do you actually have any evidence? Last tests shown on ANAND's site indicate that the Intel solution was far superior. AMD doesn't have a market here. They don't have anything low powered enough to be considered in this market so not sure what mosu is talking about. As for speed Phamhlam, ATOMs are faster than ARM CPUs so you too are dead wrong. You don't put i5s and i3s on tablets. Tablets are limited function devices. You put those CPUs on ultrabooks which can act as tablets but give you full PC functionality.
  • madooo12
    seriously, why didn't they consider tirinity or brazos 2.0

    another wave of bribes
  • Trinity and Brazos are not tablet processors. They are not SoC and use up WAY too much power for the tablet market. Why is this so hard to understand? Even IvyBridge is FAR too power hungry for tablets. If you want Brazos, buy a netbook. If you want trinity/Ivy, buy an Ultrabook form factor. If you want a tablet, the Atom is your best option. I have little doubt that Atom will be superb for tablets. Now the phone market is another question altogether. People aren't necessarily looking for the things that Atom is strong in for that market.
  • The atom of H2 will be clover trail... so please don't count it out. It can beat most ARM SoCs hands down at least in tablet Form Factor.
  • sonofliberty08
    Atom base ? thanks but no thanks