HP has been aiming low ever since (tardily) joining the Android party, with modestly specced, low-priced slates, and the company’s first smartphone efforts in almost three years are no different.
HP is preparing to roll out one of the most budget-minded 10-inch Windows 8.1 tablets around, the Omni 10. Available on pre-orders already for $400, the slate should start shipping any day now.
Just because we chose to put HP’s new Android-based Slate lineup and the Windows 8.1-powered Omni 10 tab in the limelight first a few hours ago, that doesn’t mean the number one PC maker in the world doesn’t have an extra few aces up its sleeve for the holiday season.
HP might not be planning a dive in the smartphone ocean… just yet, but as far as its tablet business is concerned, you can expect a lot of movement over the next few months. With emphasis on “a lot”.
The so-called hybrid devices that combine the portability of a tablet with the functionality of a laptop have never taken off as pundits predicted, mostly because… well, they’ve been painfully pricey. But not the HP SlateBook x2.