HP’s first Android smartphone could come this year

by: Bogdan PetrovanAugust 2, 2013

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HP made some serious missteps with the ill-fated Palm acquisition, which ended up as a write-off and a very public embarrassment for the Silicon Valley giant.

Under CEO Meg Whitman, HP went back to the drawing board, and decided that the best way to move forward was to embrace Android. The first fruit of this newfound love was the Slate 7, a so-so 7-inch budget tablet, that we found decent, though in no way competitive with products from Google or Asus. Then there was the HP Slatebook x2, which just launched this week.

While tablets are important, HP obviously can’t ignore the smartphone market, as Whitman herself admitted back in September 2012. Now Digitimes cites industry sources in Taiwan that claim HP’s first Android smartphone could be launched “in the second half of 2013 at the earliest”.

How credible is this report? Well, as a latecomer, HP needs to enter the smartphone market fast, so it makes sense for the company to strive to launch its product sooner rather than later. Digitimes isn’t known for extreme reliability, on the other hand, and even if this report is accurate, it could be just a general timeline that is still open to change.

HP is clearly a resourceful company, with huge experience and expertise in technology. The company could also take advantage of its massive clout in the enterprise sector, which is an undeniable advantage. With that in mind, HP might bring a valuable contribution to an already rich ecosystem, provided it can succeed where others are failing.

  • MasterMuffin

    If it has the rumored 4.5″ screen with 900×1600 res, with standard hardware (13mp camera, 2Gb of RAM, 16-32Gb internal memory, okay battery) and good marketing this could (and should) sell great!

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    Oh, let’s not get on another rumor train just yet. lol

  • Cao Meo

    HP should buy HTC, it has the money to do it and HTC would give it strong position in mobile.

    • Jerry Kendrick

      Except that every company HP buys subsequently enters a death spiral. They are like some sort of corporate Borg, sucking the life out of acquisitions, leaving rot and exsanguination in their wake.

    • Cal Rankin

      No! HP would kill HTC. Just look at Palm. Rebrand the phones as the HP Droid DNA, or the HP One, it changes the brand identity completely. HP could use HTC, but they need to keep the brand intact.

  • Hopefully it will have superior features than what was there before it appears.

  • jamesinkorea

    I doubt anyone is holding their breath waiting in anticipation…

  • Cal Rankin

    Just sell it cheap, keep the vanilla Android, keep the premium hardware, and make sure there are OS updates.

    On a side note, does anyone think HP could make a Nexus? They’ve proven they can make high-end hardware at a competitive price, and if Google subsidizes it even more, this would be a fantastic phone.