In addition to the ProPad 600 introduced today, HP has rolled out the red carpet for its 'total business solution' slate, the HP ElitePad 1000 G2. With the ElitePad 1000 comes a svelte design at 9.2mm thin and 1.5lbs, as well as Windows 8.1 Pro and options for enterprise users.
Following the Chromebox for Meetings offering announced by Google earlier in the day, HP has offered some further details on its Chromebox. There has yet to be any details released in terms of the pricing, however HP has said the Chromebox will be arriving in the spring. Essentially, you are looking at a small desktop computer running Chrome OS, however Google and HP have said this will be compatible with Chromebox for Meetings.
This week HP released details on how they'd continue to release devices with the Windows 7 operating system onboard. This is far from unheard of in the PC universe, with major PC manufacturers releasing devices with multiple operating systems - whatever the consumer wants, in the end. HP was quickly questioned on how they could possibly stop supporting devices with Windows 8 aboard, to which they responded: "WE ARE NOT DROPPING WINDOWS 8."
This afternoon Qualcomm has announced that they will acquire all of HP's remaining Palm-related patents. They will also be acquiring from Hewlett-Packard a number of other patents in the mobile sector, including those under the titles' iPAQ and Bitphone. This purchase will apparently also include both patents and patent applications.
HP has brought back a Windows 7 option "by popular demand", offering desktop and notebook PCs with Microsoft's old OS amid patchy public support for Windows 8. The range of five computers spans an entry-level Pavilion desktop through to ENVY performance towers and both Pavilion and ENVY laptops, with HP even offering a $150 saving to sweeten the deal.
HP's Chromebook 11 has quietly landed on Verizon's LTE network, with the 4G-enabled laptop going on sale at a $100 premium over its WiFi-only sibling. The Chromebook 11 LTE, spotted at Best Buy, uses the same Samsung Exynos 5 Dual processor and 11.6-inch display as the model we reviewed back in October, but adds the ability to get online more readily while on the move.
HP is set to reenter the smartphone market with a pair of voice-enabled tablets often called phablets. HP isn’t bringing these products back to the US or Europe, reports indicate that it is going straight to India with its phablets. The products are the Slate 6 and Slate 7 VoiceTab.
On Christmas Eve, word surfaced of plans by HP to launch two smartphones by the year's end, something that didn't pan out but could add substance to the newest rumor that has cropped up. According to a source that spoke to the folks over at 9to5Google, HP plans to launch an inexpensive Android smartphone as early as next week, though a more narrowed-down launch date hasn't been specified.
HP may have just announced a new Android all-in-one PC designed to cater to business, big and small alike, but it hasn't forgotten the still larger portion of the desktop pie: Windows users. Here at CES 2014, we're getting a first-hand look at HP's two new Windows-powered business AIO machines, the HP ProOne 400 G1 and the HP 205.
With Android dominating the smartphone and tablet markets, manufacturers are trying to find new territories to explore. While Lenovo has unveiled an all-in-one Android computer suitable for home use, fellow PC maker HP is taking a more business-minded approach with the HP Slate21 Pro all-in-one, which we're getting a first-hand look here at CES 2014.
Aside from some recent smartphone related rumors, much of the HP related chatter has surrounded the Chromebook 11. Or more specifically, the recall for the charger. While the rumor remains just that and the charger recall seems to be moving forward, the HP talk has once again shifted towards employee layoffs. This is far from the first we have heard on this subject, however it appears another 5,000 employees will be facing a not so happy new year.