I guess it’s innemitable. With recent announcement of Hewlett-Packards purchase of Palm Inc. the idea of a “iPhone killer” will eventually surface.

Of course, why would HP bother to snap up the ailing mobile device pioneer if it doesn’t have Apple’s top selling smart phone in its sights?

Actually, HP is gunning for more — the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android phones and Ipad’s market share.

During HP’s media briefing on Wednesday, Todd Bradley, executive vice-president of the personal systems group at HP, assured Pre and Pixi users are safe for now as he expressed support for Palm’s, critically acclaimed WebOS.

Bradley also revealed what the public could expect in the very near future from the HP-Palm union.

“With Palm, HP acquires a strong operating system to deliver a unique customer experience to over 2000 apps and growing, a platform to deliver mobile cloud-based services, and an opportunity to drive preference to the market among consumers,” said Bradley. 

While the Pre and Pixi smart phones are very consumer oriented, he said, HP intends to pursue a broader commercial deployment of Palm products. Healthcare and government vertical markets were among those he mentioned.

 What products could he have in mind when he said HP sees “opportunities beyond smart phones and into additional connected mobile form factors”?

“Devices slightly larger than smart phones but no bigger than the iPad” but incorporating capabilities of both machines, could be rolled out by HP in the very near future, according to Adam Leach, analyst for Datamonitor.

HP computing resources and Palm’s WebOS might be a perfect match for developing hybrid mobile devices or MID (mobile Internet devices), an idea which has languished in the backburner for many manufacturers until the recent e-reader resurgence and of course the iPad launch.

Currently the HP Slate  may be the company’s closest offering to fill this space. The $500 gadget, however, falls short of the iPad and is basically an Intel Atom-based netbook. 

HP and Palm will probably take advantage of the iPad’s lack of Flash support and offer a similar WebOS-based product that can work with both Flash and HTML5.

 The Palm-HP duo is perhaps in the best position to provide ideal business-ready consumer mobile device, according to James Alexander, senior vide president for Info-Tech Research Group in London, Ont. 

Alexander noted that very frequently now, smart phone users in the enterprise space, have been bringing iPhones and demanding that IT integrate the devices with the corporate network. “IT managers have been holding up their noses because of security consideration, but are doing as the executives ask just the same.”

 Palm’s WebOS has the social media integration and consumer features that many users crave, while HP’s extensive experience in corporate technology can provide the stability and security that IT requires.

That being said, the mobile device market is simply to crowded with competent players and excellent products. To successfully leverage the Palm brand which it rescused from the brink, HP can’t afford to simply push out “also ran” mobile device.

There is now a bigger onus for the Palm-HP partnership to offer best of breed devices.

What new products would you like to see from HP and Palm?

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  • Analysis of current MID in China Market!

    A full survey has been made by our marketing and engineering team on current MID China market, below comment will show how their performance will be.

    There are mainly 4 solutions in MID industry in current China market:
    1. VIA8505 Based solution 7 inch
    2. RockChip2808 Based Solution 7 inch and 10 inch
    3. Samsung S3C6410 Based solution 7 inch
    4. Marvell 88AP166 Based solution 7 inch with GPS(only model with internal GPS module)

    1. VIA8505 Based solution
    CPU VIA8505 400MHz
    Memory/ Storage 128 MB/2 GB, Android’s softwares occupy very little space
    System Andriod 1.7, 2X faster than Win CE
    Language Multilingual
    Input Method Android keyboard&Google Pinyin input method
    Touchscreen Full mirror style, Resistive type touch screen high sensitive
    Built-in touch panel,support USB port
    Display screen Size 7″ PANEL
    Resolution 800*480 WVGA

    This solution is a low end one, with a only 400mHz CPU, it’s speed are not pleasing at all, also, after testing, the performance is near unacceptable, the carftwork of housing in details is not make it like a good electronics, the LCD surface is uneven if you make a touch on it, 2ndly, the battery performance is nearly unacceptable, the battery will get very hot within only 20 sec after you powered on. The speed is very limited due to a Via based 400Mhz CPU, but price is lowest among all solutions.
    Rate: buy for a few month and throw away

    2. RockChip2808 Based Solution 7 inch and 10 inch
    CPU RockChip2808 (ARM926EJC+DSP)
    processor speed 600MHZ
    Chipset rockchip
    Display 7.0 ” LED panel touch screen:800*480
    System Memory 128M SDROM
    NandFlash 2G-16G
    Sound System built in speaker(1x1w)
    I/O Ports 1 USB2.0 ports (OTG), 1 USB for 3G
    1 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
    1 DC-in jack
    1 TF cardreader
    Network Wireless LAN 802.11
    PC camera 1.3 Mega Pixels
    Power Battery type Lithium-ion 2500mAh
    Battery life and worktime :Up to 4 hours of surfing the web using 3G data network

    This solution is a midium one,what’s interesting is the CHIP are China made, it’s performance could be saying stable, the best advante for this solution is it support high resolution video, it support 720P, comparing in all solutions, it gets the best video playing performance.
    But currently not have GPS built in. But it is the only one who have made 10 inch housing.

    3. Samsung S3C6410 Based solution 7 inch
    ChipSet: Samsung S3C6410(ARM11/700MHz)
    Storrage: 1G Flash Internal
    Removable MicroSD (up to 32GB)
    Display: 7″T FT LCD(WVGA 800*480)
    Toucher Screen
    WiFi : WiFi (IEEE 802.11 b/g)
    3G : WCDMA Module Internal(Customize Model)
    GPS : GPS Navigation Module Internal(Customize Model)
    G Sensor: G Sensor Internal(Customize Model)
    FM : FM Reception and Transmitting(Customize Model)
    TV Out: Composite Video OUT
    Audio: Stereo Speaker/Microphone Internal
    3.5mm Hi-Fi Headphones External Port
    USB Port: USB HOST/USB 2.0 OTG(Mini)
    Battery: 1800 mAh Li-Polymer Battery
    Power: 2.5W, Work 5 Hours
    Dimension: 185* 120 * 13 (L*W*H) mm
    Weight: 0.38 kg

    This solution is based on samsung module, which has been reconized as a stable solution, it’s CPU is bit faster than rockchip,other feature pretty like rockchip.

    4. Marvell 88AP166 Based solution
    This solution accounts for highest solution and best performance.
    With a 800mhz CPU, it gains a pretty good speed in using it, another feature is quite different from the other 3: due to not using any PET layer on LCD surface, it has better touching experience than other 3 solutions, what’s more interesting is it has GPS moudule built in(ST-Erisson GNS7560). it is expecting to be on market at beginning of July, very expecting.

    By charles Liew

    • Thanks very much for sharing the results of you research Charlie.

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