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HP jumps into a shark-infested sea, wants to launch Android smartphone?

The fading PC market is forcing Hewlett Packard (HP) to transition into mobility, and so far the company has targeted mainly tablets. With little success in the tablet department, it seems like HP may also integrate smartphones into its strategy.


A render submitted by an anonymous tipster via Phone Arena has revealed that HP might be serious about launching an Android handset. Not long ago, HP Senior director Yam Su Yin said that HP was going to get into the smartphone game, but this time it’ll follow a ‘unique’ model.

“Being late you have to create a different set of proposition. There are still things that can be done. It’s not late. When HP has a smartphone, it will give a differentiated experience,” Yin said.

It’s a no brainer that HP will most likely utilize Google’s Android OS for future handsets, so it remains to be seen how much more HP can spin the software and hardware to make a dent in the hotly contested smartphone arena.

Samsung has, for the most part, dominated the Android smartphone market in recent years, and overtook Apple in many markets. However, Samsung also received some bad press when it came to its latest flagship handset—the Galaxy S4. Stories of the handset combusting randomly and poor battery life began to emerge soon after the device was launch. Not only that, but Samsung also did their own domestic market a huge disfavor by launching a LTE-A-capable GS4 variant right after the first variant went live.

HP has a very slim chance of capturing the hearts of smartphone users, considering many have already sworn their loyalty to some of the existing juggernauts. That’s not to say that HP lacks innovation, and we’ll have to wait and see if an HP-branded handset is worth looking at.

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