HP to launch webOS tablets in 2011

Computer giant HP, which acquired Palm earlier this year for $1.2 billion, plans to release a tablet system running Palm's mobile OS webOS in 2011.

Computer giant HP, which acquired Palm earlier this year for $1.2 billion, plans to release a tablet system running Palm's mobile OS webOS in 2011.

"You'll see us with a Microsoft product in the near future, and a webOS-based product in early 2011," said Todd Bradley, head of HP's personal systems group, during yesterday's quarterly earnings call.

The way HP plans to segment the market here is interesting. According to HP tablets running Windows 7 OS would be aimed at enterprise users, while webOS-based tablets would be aimed at consumers. I guess that HP believes that consumers are more price sensitive than OS sensitive.

Time will tell ...

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