Following the demise of the infamous HP TouchPad, the PC maker has stayed clear of the tablet market - but new reports suggest a new Android device could be forthcoming
HP has stayed clear of the tablet game since the downfall of the WebOS-toting HP TouchPad, but new rumours emerged this week that the PC manufacturer could be considering a Tegra 4 Android tablet.
Anonymous tipsters have been hinting to ReadWrite that along with a potential tablet, HP could also produce a smartphone using Google's open-source OS - closing the door on the Palm line that HP acquired in 2010.
Given HP's long-standing ability to produce some really excellent hardware - like the Envy line-up of laptops and Ultrabooks, as well as the Envy X2 Windows 8 Hybrid - a premium Android tablet could be something to really look forward to.
According to ReadWrite, the tablet has been on the drawing board since before Thanksgiving and could be one of the first tablets to arrive with Nvidia's Tegra 4 chip.
The sources go on to speculate that HP could show off the tablet (or at least a prototype) behind closed doors at Mobile World Congress later this month in Barcelona - but we're not expecting an official release at the show.
HP has concentrated on getting its PC and Ultrabook line-ups on track following the release of Windows 8 and has recently regained the lead as the world's top PC maker (excluding tablets). But it has failed to release a convincing mobile handset since the Palm Pre 2, which still only achieved modest sales.
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