HP shakes hands with Android, finally

Nandagopal Rajan        Last Updated: July 19, 2013  | 16:37 IST

Hewlett-Packard seems to have taken a sudden liking to Android, the most popular mobile operating system in the world. Two of the six devices the company launched in India on Wednesday run this operating system.

Among them the HP SlateBook X2 is an Android version of their Envy X2 Windows 8 hybrid, while the HP Slate All-in-one is among the most affordable touch computing devices available in India at the moment.

Ketan Patel, director, consumer product category, PPS, HP India said they wanted to offer all choices to customers and hence the decision to provide Android products. "We have studied the market over the past couple of years and seen the growing acceptance of Android. We want to offer products in multiple form factors, architectures and operating systems," he told Business Today. He said it is just a corollary to this that the devices become more affordable on Android.

The HP SlateBook X2 is a 10.1 HD hybrid device powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and running the latest Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. With 64GB storage the device will be available for Rs 39,990.

The HP Split X2 is a larger 13-inch detachable hybrid running the Windows 8 operating system and powered by Intel Core processors. Aimed at people who need to use a larger screen. This device is priced at Rs 64,990.

The HP Pavillion 11 Touchsmart notebook will again be among the cheapest touch notebooks available at the moment. With Asus and Dell already offering affordable touch devices in this segment, HP seems to have finally woken up to the potential. Priced at Rs 31,990, this notebook will have an 11.6-inch screen.

Having pioneered the touch all-in-one, HP has now introduced one with Android Jelly Bean. With its 21.5-inch Full HD screen NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, the HP Slate can prove to be a good value for money purchase for first time computer buyers. For those looking for a high-end all-in-one, the HP Envy Rove gives 20-inch diagonal IPS screen and Intel Haswell processors for Rs 69,990.

The company also launched the Touchsmart Ultrabook for Rs 64,990.

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