HP and its experiments with Operating Systems and chipsets

HP has traditionally been a Windows-only OEM and a big Microsoft ally. During 2014, however, I have seen it launch also Android and ChromeOS-based notebooks and incidentally use different chipsets. Below, I list different examples of the notebooks launched this year that will illustrate this variety in the product mix:
  • HP Slatebook 14 running Android on a NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip
  • HP Chromebook 14 running ChromeOS on a NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip
  • HP Chromebook 11 running ChromeOS on a Intel Celeron chip
  • HP Stream 14 running Windows 8.1 with Bing on an AMD AR Micro-6400T chip
  • HP Pavilion X360 running Windows 8.1 on an older Intel Pentium N3520 chip
  • HP Pro x2 running Windows 8.1 on a modern Intel Core i3/i5
And, like I said, these are just notebooks, but HP’s computer line-up also includes regular desktop computers as well as All-in-One computers. Of the latter HP also has an Android version (with NVIDIA chipset), and as part of the desktop line of computers they launched this year a Chromebox. Besides all of that, it is now launching tablets – Windows and Android – and has launched Android phones in India.
From these examples, it is clear that HP is playing the market and seeing what sticks, not being afraid to enter new “alliances” and reviewing existing ones. In a market as competitive as this one, where the PC is losing share and Microsoft as well, I think that is a good idea. However, at the same time, there is clearly a cost involved in working so many different hardware configurations and Operating Systems. I am eager to see HP’s anual results when their fiscal year closes later this year and whether they make a mention of this phenomenon.
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