Rumor Mill: HP releasing webOS tablet in Q3

Hewlett-Packard will release a tablet running Palm's (NASDAQ:PALM) webOS platform in the third quarter, according to an Examiner.com report.

The report, citing an unnamed HP insider, said the tablet is called Hurricane and is slated for release next quarter. The report did not provide any additional details. The rumor comes hot on the heels of other whispers that HP has killed its Slate tablet product, which was running Microsoft's Windows 7.

An HP spokeswoman declined to comment, and a Palm spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A webOS tablet is certainly not out of the realm of possibility. Indeed, when HP acquired Palm for $1.2 billion in late April, Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP's Personal Systems Group, said the company expects to take webOS beyond smartphones, possibly to tablets and netbooks for both consumers and enterprise users.

In other tablet rumors, Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) has decided to delay its own potential tablet product to next year, according to a report in TheStreet.com. The report, citing Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, said RIM is gearing the table toward consumers, but is now rethinking its strategy following Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) success with its iPad tablet. A RIM spokeswoman declined to comment.

For more:
- see this Examiner.com post
- see this Engadget post
- see this TheStreet.com article
- see this Business Insider article

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