hp-logoYeah, I know, anybody could build an ARM-based netbook, so that’s a pretty weak headline. But while HP hasn’t committed to anything yet, HP exec Todd Bradley tells Bloomberg that the company is “looking” at the ARM processor family “quite a bit.”

Does that mean that HP is going to give up on Intel Atom powered mini-laptops? I wouldn’t bet on it. But the company could decide to complement its line of netbooks with low power, ARM-based computers running Linux. HP has already shown that it’s not afraid of Linux or of computers that don’t have Intel processors.

via TG Daily

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6 replies on “HP could build an ARM-based netbook”

  1. It could also be a way to pressure Intel and MS to lower prices on Atom and Windows…

    Or perhaps…a way to differentiate the market. Just think how many vendors were saying “netbooks aren’t REAL computers”, which of course isn’t true, properly build netbook might be enough for many people.

    However, if they limit netbooks to ARM machines with Windows CE or with Linux but with an “appliance” style GUI and small selection of packages, they can effectivelly coerce people into buying ALSO, apart from a netbook, a full laptop. Hopefully it will be easy to install full Linux distro on such ARM machines…

  2. hmmm could this maybe be based on the nvidia’s arm platform???

    Being they used an HP mini in demos?

  3. But HP-Unix scares the sh.. out of them 😉
    Seriously, HP-PARISC is not known for its low power consumption.

  4. I recently bought a Window Mobile based cell phone and I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to devleop for using Visual Studio even though it isn’t Intel based. An ARM based netbook using a Windows CE / Window Mobile or some other Windows CE variant would be possible and it would come with Internet Explorer and .NET etc.

    Having said that mainstream Windows continues to be Intel only and this is where Linux can gain.

    1. < "An ARM based netbook using a Windows CE / Window Mobile or some other Windows CE variant would be possible and it would come with Internet Explorer and .NET etc."

      Any chance that it would run the existing zillions of Windows Mobile apps out of the box?

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