HP Windows 8 tablet to launch at CES

News Jennifer Scott Nov 29, 2011
HP's discontinued TouchPad
HP's discontinued TouchPad

Despite burying the TouchPad, the company is planning on new tablet devices as soon as the new year.

HP’s managing director in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has said there will be more tablet devices coming from the company, with the first just a few months away.

Yves De Talhouet, who used to run HP’s French division, was coy about whether WebOS would be involved, but did reveal a Microsoft tablet running Windows 8 would be launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to be held in Las Vegas in January.

HP launched its first tablet device - the HP TouchPad - earlier this year but soon ditched it after disappointing sales and a market still dominated by Apple.

“We certainly have made an attempt to answer the [desire for] tablets,” he said. "We thought we had a good asset with WebOS and thought we could combine WebOS with a good hardware, [but] we retreated from that because of the economic conditions to enter that market."

Although he was reluctant to give any more details, De Talhouet said HP’s tablet strategy was “being worked on and would be announced briefly.”

The MD also admitted HP had not dealt with the announcements around the Personal Systems Group (PSG) - and the possible spin off - well.

"We probably didn’t handle that announcement in the best possible way, but it is also natural at board level [to] look at our activities and make sure everyone adds value,” added De Talhouet.

"There was a choice point. We had just acquired Autonomy [so asked] do we need to push the whole portfolio or constrain it. The answer [to constraining it] was no."