HP: our customers want x86, not ARM tablets
By Nicole Kobie
Posted on 2 Jul 2012 at 14:49
HP has confirmed that its first Windows 8 tablets will run on x86 pltaform, rather than ARM.
Microsoft is releasing two variants of its Windows 8 OS - one for x86 devices, and the other, Windows RT, is its first to support ARM chipsets.
HP, however, has confirmed reports that it will initially be releasing Intel-based hardware only, telling PC Pro that its business customers preferred it that way. “HP continues to look at using ARM processors in business and consumer products," an HP spokeswoman said. "However, our first Windows 8 tablet will be on the x86 platform focused on the business market."
The robust and established ecosystem of x86 applications provides the best customer experience at this time and in the immediate future
"The decision to go with x86 was influenced by input from our customers," the statement added. "The robust and established ecosystem of x86 applications provides the best customer experience at this time and in the immediate future.”
Slate versus TouchPad
HP has previously released Windows 7 tablets, including the Slate. HP's only foray into ARM tablets, the TouchPad, ended even more disastrously, with the company slashing the price of the Palm devices six weeks after launch before dropping the tablet altogether.
However, HP's view that the x86 version is better for businesses echoes Microsoft's own delineation between the x86 and ARM variants of Windows 8 and its own-brand Surface tablets.
Its ARM-based Surface for Windows RT will only run Metro style apps and features a Home and Student version of Office, while the x86 Surface for Windows Pro will feature the entire desktop - and be more expensive, priced to compete with Ultrabooks.
Or maybe Windows 8 RT just doesn't work
According to an article on the computing website.
By milliganp on 2 Jul 2012
what kind of idiot would voluntarily be an "HP customer"?
talk about a contrarian indicator. On the basis of this, RT will clean up.
By gavmeister on 3 Jul 2012
I can well believe some of these clowns are having trouble writing device drivers judging from my experience over the last few years.
By jgwilliams on 3 Jul 2012
The business kit has generally been of very high quality, although I haven't seen the last generation of business hardware.
I agree, the consumer stuff, at least at the low end, is pants, but the long life business PCs have been solid and reliable in my experience.
If you are buying for a business installation, you are fairly limited in your choice of suppliers anyway. Generally you have the choice of
Lenovo, HP, Dell or Fujitsu as the primaries, if you aren't so worried about long life (i.e. the same model, same mainboard, same graphics chip etc. being available over several years), then second tier suppliers like Acer and Asus also come into the equation, but you are generally limited to a handful of manufacturers for business kit, if you are ordering in large numbers and need things like vPro and consistency for producing standard images.
By big_D on 3 Jul 2012
The article says that Qualcomm and TI are having trouble with their drivers, but Nvidia are doing OK. I didn't see any issues with Windows RT itself.
By tirons1 on 3 Jul 2012
so my companions on the London to Manchester train at 7am will have thrown away their lap tops and will be using HP X86 tablets (with a keyboard/mouse attached)
By cping500 on 19 Jul 2012
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