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HP Guns For Chromebook With WebOS Laptop?

Computer giant HP has already said in the past that the WebOS platform, which it inherited during the acquisition of Palm last year, could be used on platforms other than smartphones and tablets.

Now it has emerged (opens in new tab) that the company may be looking to unveil a new device that, according to a leaked developer log, looks like a proper laptop with a permanent keyboard.

The device, which is codenamed Nova Dartfish, would have a screen resolution of 1024x768 pixels, the same as the HP TouchPad, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and will have a non-swappable battery as well.

The rumour comes only a week after Google announced its Chromebook initiative which aims at manufacturing a line of non-smartphone, non-tablet products that natively interact with Google's own cloud infrastructure.

An HP executive revealed some of the company's cloud computing plans on his profile on LinkedIn earlier this month, hinting at an Amazon-like Infrastructure-as-a-service platform that may or may not be tied in with WebOS.

WebOS has been seen working on an x86-based device before; last year someone managed to run the software platform on a Dell C600 laptop, a product that was launched 10 years ago.

HP is likely to build the WebOS laptop using the same components as the HP TouchPad which means that it would have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, Wi-Fi and embedded 3G, for the price of a Chromebook.

Désiré Athow
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 ITProPortal.com 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.