HP’s 9.7″ TouchPad has yet to hit the stores, noow it looks like the company has a successor planned too. Taiwanese original design manufacturer Inventec has received orders for tablet PCs from HP, reports the Cens citing a subcontractor.
HP is now in the tablet PC arena after introducing the 9.7-inch Touch Pad, has ordered from a supplier for 400,000 to 450,000 Touch Pad tablet PCs per month, but in addition to the 9.7″ webOS 3.0 tablet, the company has also been reported to be supplying HP with a 7″ tablet that will be released in August. Inventec will supply HP these two tablet PC models.
Inventec president S.C. Lee said “the company will begin shipping tablet PCs in June, with the supplier likely to challenge 20 million notebook PCs and tablet PCs this year.”
There is no more details about the 7″ tablets were revealed, but it would be safe to assume that they would just be smaller versions of the TouchPad – probably for users who don’t need the bulk of carrying a large tablet, but still want a display larger than their smartphones.