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Post HP bails on plans for Windows RT consumer tablet

HP is said to be ditching near-future plans for a consumer Windows RT tablet, in a move that some have called a response to competition from Microsoft's Surface tablet, which was announced last week. Instead, HP will focus on building business tablets on x86 chipsets, as SemiAccurate and The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Later, an HP spokesperson confirmed to PC Mag that HP's, "first Win 8 tablet will be on the x86 platform focused on the business market. The decision to go with x86 was influenced by input from our customers. The robust and established ecosystem of x86 applications provides the best customer experience at this time and in the immediate future." In other words, HP won't be developing anything with an ARM-based Windows 8 OS soon.

That doesn't confirm that HP is ditching Windows RT altogether: the spokesperson also said, "at HP, we continue to look at using ARM processors in business and consumer products." But the news does lead to some speculation as to whether Window's Surface reveal was a little too much for OEMs to handle.

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