HP Inc. moves to regain local stranglehold on tablet PCs, printers

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By Edd K. Usman Silicon Valley icon HP Inc. has introduced a fresh portfolio of products in the country in a renewed push to reclaim its former status as the dominant producer of printers and mobile computers. [caption id="attachment_32228" align="aligncenter" width="620"]HP Inc. president and managing director for the Philippines Albert G. Mateo Jr. HP Inc. president and managing director for the Philippines Albert G. Mateo Jr.[/caption] On Thursday, June 29, at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City, the tech company held its ?Spring Launch? to formally unveil new solutions aimed at commercial and enterprise customers. The new hardware items include the HP EliteBook Folio, a notebook-tablet dubbed as the company’s thinnest and lightest business class notebook at just 12.4 mm and below one kilogram. Also part of the new batch of products are the HP Elite x2, described as a versatile tablet offering the productivity of a full notebook, and the HP Elite x3, the firm’s first built-for-business mobile device powered by Windows 10. The tech titan also introduced the HP PageWide Enterprise Color MFP 586, said to deliver the fastest speed and deepest security through its PageWide Technology; the HP PageWide Pro 477, which claims to provide the lowest cost of ownership and fastest speed in its class; and the HP PageWide Pro 557dw multifunction printer, the firm’s new PageWidePro with an “unmatched speeds of up to 70 ppm.? Albert G. Mateo Jr., HP Inc. new president and managing director for the Philippines, told Newsbytes.PH that the company would also be launching soon the ?world’s lightest notebook? called Specter 13 and its latest gaming notebook named Omen. The newly launched line-up, meanwhile, will be available for enterprise customers as early as August, said Mateo. During the launch, Mateo said the three-in-one HP Elite x3 is probably the only laptop that can be used out of the office. “Let us say when they want to be productive in their office, the x3 will be docked into a ‘lapdock’ and will become a PC. When they go out of the office, what will happen is that they will remove their Elite x3 from the ‘lapdock’ using the same information, they can actually access all the information and data from their notebook,” he explained. He said customers can also use the x3, which has a six-inch screen, as a regular mobile phone to make phone calls, do Skype, or conduct a video conferencing, “Since it supports Windows 10’s Continuum feature, it can serve as a separate desktop, a notebook, or a cellphone,” enthused Mateo. He said the technology that HP Inc. innovated flows from a concept called ?One Life?, which means that ?people will actually do their work and read their emails at home.” Other times, Mateo said, workers will access social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter in the office. “Today, the demarcation between their personal life and their work life is evaporating, that is why we call it One Life,” said the official. He added: “As a person, we are only one and we have one life as a person. Thus, there is a merging of office and personal lives and delineation is being blurred in what we do with our devices.” “Whether for personal or for work, they make use of only one device, so we call it One Life,” said Mateo. ]]>

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