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HP to manufacture tablets again
Hewlett Packard (HP) has announced that it will start manufacturing tablets again but instead of using WebOS, the tablets will be powered by the upcoming operating system Windows 8 of Microsoft.
HP launched the webOS TouchPad tablet in July 2011 and then axed its whole Palm-based tablet and smartphone operation six weeks later. The consumers gobbled up the marked-down US $99 TouchPads, but the company seemed like it was done with consumer tablets, at least for a spell.
A few weeks ago, it was leaked on the Internet that an HP tablet running Windows 8 called the ‘Slate 8 is being developed by HP. That tablet reportedly is thinner than the newest iPad at 9.2 mm thin and it will weigh 1.5 pounds, feature a 10.1-inch display, and have battery life between 8 and 10 hours.
Windows 8 is due to be released later this year and is part of Microsoft’s strategy to find a middle platform between tablets and PCs. A near-complete Windows 8 build will be released in early June, but as of now the company has not announced an official launch date for the operating system.