Since announcing its acquisition of Palm late last month, HP has made its plans to introduce webOS-powered slates quite clear. Now, thanks to the folks at DigiTimes, we know when to expect the first such device.
HP Personal Computing Systems VP Monty Wong told DigiTimes that the HP slate "will hit the market before the end of the fiscal year ending in October." Users can reportedly look forward to a "wide range of software and application support at launch," as well.
Although HP's Todd Bradley named netbooks as possible candidates for webOS integration, Wong ruled that option out, saying netbooks are too similar to full-featured PCs. Most netbooks do ship with Windows 7 and Intel processors these days, but we've seen some so-called "smartbooks" with ARM processor cores and other software.
In any case, the release schedule quoted by Wong seems to give HP about six months to retrofit webOS to work on a large slate device—and potentially rope in third-party developers, too. With iPads apparently selling like hot cakes, competition almost seems overdue.