HP acquired Palm some time ago, but failed to develop the operating system. They gave up the idea after the HP Touchpad tablet didn’t enjoy any success with the American public and stocks were exhausted after being placed at a price of nothing.
Their ambitions are big and want to bring HP-branded smartphones. webOS lost the team that developed Palm. Meg Whitman that occupies the HP CEO position recently said they plan to develop a smartphone to continue their line of all-in-one desktops, notebooks, ultrabooks, tablets.
This smartphone would be targeted for emerging markets. They specified that they aren’t in any rush to launch the product and they want to have a positive impact on the market, not to relive the Touchpad tablet experience.
There weren’t given much information. They didn’t even tell if it is a phone with webOS, Android or Windows Phone. Meanwhile appeared on the web a smartphone called HP Bender in a benchmark test. It would entrench the rumors that the company has chosen Android as a mobile operating system for its, but we have no official statement and we are talking about an unverified information taken from outside technology blogs.
HP Bender would be based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core clocked at 1.5 GHz, with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich as its main operating system, and a resolution of 1366×720 pixels. We will learn more in the near future, but it is clear that HP is preparing a smartphone and its debut will be in 2012-2013.