December 18, 2011

HP launches a new desktop after announcing spinning off PC business

Don’t be confused.

On Monday 08/22/2011, HP unveiled a new desktop dubbed “HP Compaq 8200 Elite All-in-One”. This announcement is just days after HP made known that they are planning to spin / sell off its personal computer business. This announcement is no surprise since consumer spend has been lured away from HP and towards trendier devices such as the Apple suite of computers, causing HP to struggle to sell their PCs. Spinning off the sales of its personal computer business included speculation that HP will also drop the WebOS platform, effectively killing their newly released tablet. Since the announcement, the HP TouchPad tablet prices has dropped to fire sale prices, with some selling as low as $150 from a $600 market price.

So what’s the deal? It may seem contradictory that HP would stop selling PCs but unveil a new model? Is this a big HP plot to generate buzz to keep sales up? Keep in mind that spinning off the personal computer business only affects the consumer pc divisions and not business / enterprise level sales. The new unveiled desktop is geared towards corporate / public sector use. Purchasing hardware for enterprise / edu / public sector usage is much different from purchasing in the general consumer market.

On a related note, since after the HP TouchPad tablet prices dropped, there was a surge of demand for purchasing the device. HP claims that this demand is indicative of “Huge Interest” in WebOS. According to the head of HP’s WebOS business unit: “The WebOS is not dead,” “We’re going to continue to evolve it, update and support it. We stand by it.”

As if cutting the prices 75% had nothing to do with it. Everyone loves a sale…



  1. Cade says:

    I found mylsef nodding my noggin all the way through.

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