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.