The report comes from Readwrite Mobile, which cites analysts who are already weighing in on the partnership. The tablet is rumored to be one of the first to run NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 processor, which was shown off last month at CES. It’s hard to say what, if anything, HP can bring to the tablet that Google’s other partners can’t. It’s hard to imagine HP making inroads into a high-end mobile market that is increasingly narrowing down to two – Samsung and Apple – but getting a product out early in the year and marketing it heavily before the new Galaxy Tab and iPad are shown off could be a good start.
If the rumor is true, the new tablet would also be the symbolic end of the WebOS era at HP. That means HP’s $1.2 billion purchase of Palm will go down in history as one of the poorest corporate acquisitions of the information era. That purchase is just one reason for HP’s struggles, as tablet purchases continue to swallow up desktop and notebook sales, where HP is still strong.
It’s possible this could be the start of a revival for HP in the mobile scene, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that seems a little unlikely at this stage. Coming late to the party rarely makes for good corporate strategy. Getting kicked out of the party, then changing clothes and trying to sneak back in is probably an even worse idea.
Via Readwrite Mobile