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HP Could Launch an iPaq "iPhone-busting" smartphone

Hewlett Packard (HP) is all set to join the smartphone bandwagon by introducing a new device from its iPAQ line which will sport a touchscreen and will have Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the success of iPhone has made many large companies jump head-on into the smartphone market and HP is a recent addition to this league.

Incidentally sales of HP’s iPAQ in last few months have lagged way behind other enterprise smartphones marketed by RIM and Nokia.

Though not much detail is available about the new device that HP plans to launch; it is likely that HP will make a departure from its earlier strategy of selling iPAQs directly to business and will instead focus on mobile carriers selling these through retail stores.

The new device is expected to hit the markets in Europe by the end of 2008 and will subsequently be released worldwide.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.