Posted on: Friday 31 August, 2012 1:27
|HP unveils Windows 8 laptop
Hewlett-Packard, the world’s largest maker of personal computers, plans to unveil a line of touch-screen laptops running Microsoft’s new Windows 8 software, including one model that can convert into a tablet.
The new machines, Hewlett-Packard’s first to offer the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system, will include the Spectre TouchSmart Ultrabook with a 15.6-inch high definition screen, and the Envy x2, which features a detachable touch screen on a magnetic hinge, the Palo Alto, California- based company said in a statement.
Hewlett-Packard and other PC makers are racing to come up with innovative designs that can persuade computer buyers to opt for Windows machines rather than Apple’s iPad tablet or laptops. Apple’s sales of MacBook laptops and desktop Macs rose in the second quarter, accounting for 12 per cent of PC shipments in the US, compared with 25 per cent for Hewlett-Packard and 21.7 per cent for Dell, according to researcher Gartner.
Windows 8, which will be available in October, features a redesigned user interface that makes it more adaptable for tablet computers, an effort to chip away at the dominance of Apple’s iPad. The new software will also include touch-screen capabilities for more traditional PCs.
PC makers also will be competing with Microsoft, which plans to sell its own Windows 8-based tablet called Surface that includes an attachable keyboard. Hewlett-Packard plans to deliver a Windows 8 tablet for businesses by early next year