WebOS will power netbooks, HP documents suggest


— 6:00 AM on January 17, 2011

HP's webOS slates were conspicuously absent at this year's CES, but we already know they're coming. HP all but announced them last year, after all. According to PreCentral.net, those slates may have some strange company: HP netbooks running the very same mobile operating system.

No, really. PreCentral quotes a training presentation that states, "If I could run webOS on my phone and a slate and a netbook... And they all talked to each other and shared information. A friendly little product family... That connects you to the world in amazing new ways." It doesn't get much more explicit than that.

The training montage isn't very explicit about HP's launch plans, though. All it says is, "Today, let's start with the phones. Tomorrow will come soon enough." Pretty vague as far as release time frames go.

I suppose the line between netbooks and slates is blurring, what with devices like Asus' Eee Transformer being able to don and shed keyboards at their users' whim, so it would make sense for HP to pursue both. Here's hoping HP has something more exciting in the works than just a WebOS slate with a detachable keyboard.

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