October 2012: HP Re-Enters Tablet PC Business, Puts Off Smartphones
HP officially re-entered the tablet market by pre-announcing its ElitePad 900, a business-class device with an Intel Clover Trail Atom processor, a 10.1-inch display and Microsoft's Windows 8 OS. The ElitePad 900 was eventually released in January of 2013.
Partners waiting for an HP smartphone, however, are out of luck for now. HP CEO Meg Whitman said in October that while she does not expect HP to release a smartphone until 2014 at the earliest, her company will be a major force in the tablet and mobile PC markets.