New Delhi: US-based HP said it expects PCs with Windows 8 operating system to contribute 25-30 percent to its computer sales next year. The company launched a new ultrabook, a hybrid and an all-in-one(AIOs) priced between Rs 59,990 and Rs 71,990.
The three devices are:
HP ENVY x2 : This has a 11.6-inch diagonal HD touchscreen capable display, plus an HD webcam and an 8-megapixel camera as well. The device also supports near field communication (NFC) technology. The HP ENVY x2 is expected to be available in India from January 2013 and prices start at Rs 59,990. The HP ENVY x2 has a detachable screen that becomes a full tablet when separated from the keyboard.
HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4: This has a bigger 14-inch multitouch HD display, with five hours of battery life. As far as audio is concerned it has a sub-woofer with Beats Audio and optional AMD graphics card with 2GB graphics memory. This is also expected to be released in January 2013 for Rs 59,990.
HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart is touted as an all-in-one PC with multi-touch technology. It has a 23-inch diagonal HD display and comes with the latest Intel Core i5 processor, and 1 TB of storage. This will be available from 20 December for Rs 71,990.
“Windows 8 is a relatively new platform…if 25-30 percent of the sales came from Windows 8, we would be very happy,” HP India President Printing and Personal Systems Rajiv Srivastava told reporters.
He added that the company is witnessing strong migration to Microsoft’s new operating system but more from individual customers than enterprises.
Windows 8, which is designed to work across PCs, tablets and smartphones was launched in October in the country.
“HP’s portfolio of ultra thin notebooks, sleek AIOs and high performance PCs is designed to meet the needs of customers who have been eagerly waiting for the Windows 8 OS,” he said.
He added that the products in the market, powered with the operating system would be available for as low as Rs 20,000 but the touch-enabled ones (an important feature of Windows 8) would be priced a little higher.
Srivastava said features around HD camera, long battery life, security capabilities would help HP compete in the Indian PC market.
According to Gartner, PC sales in India, including mobile PCs, fell by 5.9 percent to 2.9 million unites during the September 2012 quarter compared with the year ago number.
With inputs from PTI
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