For those who didn't catch it, take note at the plural form of the word 'phones'. HP is looking to release more than one smartphone sometime in early 2011 using the coveted webOS software they ended up with after purchasing Palm for $1.2 billion earlier this year.
For more on the phones, follow the break.
Senior Vice President Eric Cador said, "You will see us coming early next year with new phones."
We all know HP mainly bought Palm for the webOS to get their hands into the smartphone market and revamp their dead-but-still-alive iPaq line. Palm's webOS was a huge success and looks to be HP's way to really make their handsets stand out against the ever increasing obscurity in the industry.
HP is already versed in anything technology, from computers to printers, and that has allowed the company to stay in business for this long. However, with the margin in those products slowly dwindling, and with the rapid increase in online-based application stores (think little to no overhead), HP needed something to keep their numbers in the black. Besides, all the cool kids are doing it, right?
As of right now, PC manufacturers Dell, Lenovo and Acer are all looking to get their feet wet in the smartphone market, and their devices will include attractive features like streaming video, e-mail and GPS on top of voice calls. Sometimes, I forget that these devices can still make calls.