HP Inc. (NASDAQ:HPQ) may not be known for its smartphones; most people are not even aware that the company has previously made attempts to manufacture these devices. It is largely known for its computers and printers. However, it appears it is stepping back into the smartphone industry after reports indicate a surprise revelation from HP at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2016.
Hewlett Packard is best known for its computers; so the indulgence into the world of smartphones might shock many. The company aims to launch a smartphone that runs on Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 10 Mobile, by February. The smartphone has previously showed up in benchmarks as “HP Falcon”.
The HP Falcon is reported to be a high-end flagship smartphone that is likely to be powered by the new Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon 820 chip set with 2 GB of RAM. The HP Falcon is believed to sport phablet form which features a 5.8 inch QHD display. The device will incorporate an in-built storage capacity of 64 GB and will feature a 20 mega pixel (MP) rear camera with a 12 MP front shooter. These specs indicate that the device may well prove to be the most powerful Windows 10 Mobile-based smartphone; a notch better than the recently launched Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL.
According to the report, HP is still considering whether to go ahead with its plans to launch the HP Falcon. We believe it should. Currently, there are not many Windows 10 Mobile-based smartphones in the market. Thereby, the launch of Falcon would present Windows fans with more of a choice. Although the market share of Windows 10 Mobile has taken a hit in recent times, the launch of the Falcon might just help this cause.
The rumor mill continues to talk about the Surface Phone, the device that is touted as Microsoft’s knight in shining armor for its mobile business. However, we are yet to be presented with sufficient evidence of its existence. If HP’s Falcon does actually tempt users towards Windows 10 Mobile, it would give Microsoft more of a reason to launch Surface Phone. In other words, HP’s move into the mobile market might as well help the Redmond-based company solve the dilemma of whether or not to go ahead and invest more riches in a Surface Phone.
With Windows 10 Mobile currently outpaced by the likes of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile platforms, the mere provision of high-end compatible hardware can only help Microsoft to an extent. If HP truly needs its Falcon to soar over other flagship devices in the market, then it needs Microsoft’s mobile operating system to help spread its wings. We will provide more news on the HP Falcon, Microsoft’s Surface Phone, and the Mobile World Congress 2016, scheduled to take place in February, in coming weeks.