HP will use a WebOS variant in their lineup of tablet PCs.
Reports are coming in from sources claiming that HP will be removing Windows 7 from the Slate tablet PC, instead choosing to go with a WebOS variant, which they now own after acquiring it from the purchase of Palm for $1.2 billion.
Sources say HP was not too happy with the overall performance of Window 7 on their tablet, saying that the OS was too power-hungry. Additionally, a Windows 7 license also means it will bring up the price of any Slate product. TechCrunch is also reporting that HP is set to drop the Intel processor used in the tablet, completely killing off any chance of Windows 7 being used on it.
The Slate was to feature the Win 7 OS, an 8.9-inch 1024×600 multi-touch screen, 1.6Ghz Atom Z530 processor, 1GB RAM, SDHC slot, two cameras, a USB port, a SIM card slot and five hour battery life. We wonder how much of that will change now.
Source: Afterdawn, TechCrunch