HP Testing Windows 8 Developer Preview on Touchpad Tablets

Subject: General Tech, Mobile | October 25, 2011 - 07:17 PM |
Tagged: windows 8, webOS, touchpad, tablet, slate, hp

The HP Touchpad was tablet that ran HP's WebOS mobile operating system.  It was also a tablet with an extremely short lifespan, one that was ended long before its time according to the sentiments of many enthusiasts.  The tablet's demise was a casualty of the company's former CEO Léo Apotheker getting rid of HP's PC division, and it started going for fire sale prices only a few weeks after its initial release.

There may yet be hope for the tablet, however.  According to Fox News, an HP employee has told them that a team within the company is playing around with the (not so) dead HP Touchpad tablets by replacing the WebOS operating system with Windows 8 Developer Preview.

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It seems as though the idea of a Windows powered slate may be something that HP is willing to try out.  Although slates nor convertible tablets have never really caught on (at least in the US) due to Windows not being the most touch friendly interface, with the rise in popularity of tablets and Microsoft beginning to put a bit more care into a touch friendly UI, HP may be weighing the odds of a Windows 8 powered slate computer.  If; however, HP goes ahead with the previous plans to ditch the PC division, the idea of a HP Touchpad reincarnation may be moot anyway.

If the souce turns out to be true; however, there may be hope for a new HP Touchpad in the future sans WebOS.  Do you think HP will go ahead with the plan to follow in the footsteps of IBM, or will it give its PC division and(/or) touchpad tablet line a second chance?

Source: Fox News
October 28, 2011 | 08:46 AM - Posted by Octavean (not verified)

It is perfectly reasonable IMO to assume that HP would test an ARM version of Windows 8 on the HP Touchpad as it is without modification. This would require a special version of Windows 8 ARM addition (not the Windows 8 version x86 / x64 we have seen so far) but it does make sense since testing platforms from other companies have had similar hardware as that of the HP Touchpad.

Going to market is quite another thing though. For retail Windows 8 hardware other manufactures are improving the specs from what they are testing on.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4811/windows-8-tablets-running-on-ti-qualc...

The HP Touchpad specs are as follows:

Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 processor (1.2 GHz)
Qualcomm Adreno 220 graphics
9.7-inch diagonal touch screen (1024 x 768 XGA)
And so on,...

The Qualcomm Windows 8 ARM demo hardware is as follows:

Qualcomm Scorpion dual cores MSM8660 SoC
Qualcomm Adreno 220 graphics
Metro will require 1024x768 as a minimum, so we know its at least 1024x768

Qualcomm wont go to market with such hardware for Windows 8 ARM (or so I hear) instead opting for more powerful hardware:

[quote]
Krait MSM8960 at first and quad core Krait APQ8064 later on. Dual core krait SoCs (eg 8960, 8270, 8260A) come with Adreno 225, quad core krait*(APQ8064 and others) come with Adreno 320, both of which are Direct3D 9.3.*

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