Shortly after HP CEO, Meg Whitman, hinting at the company’s desire and need to produce a smartphone, details have emerged surrounding such a device. Please keep in mind however a few things – this information comes from a set of benchmark logs, which can and have previously been faked. Secondly, HP hasn’t officially confirmed the device and “released” any info on it.
Rumors have suggested that the the likelihood of a future HP smartphone running webOS would be highly unlikely goign forward. Given the long standing relationship between HP and Microsoft, assumptions were that HP and Microsoft were getting quite cozy however these new details show Android may have been chosen over Windows Phone 8.
Found in a GLBenchmark log is a device codenamed ‘Bender,’ made by HP and running Android 4.0.4 and packing some specs surely to catch your attention. The Bender is said to be powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4, and the display resolution is a rather odd 1366×720. For a device with a HD display, this 17:9 aspect ration does seem strangely tall. It at least would indicate a screen size above 4 inches, so no Android powered HP Veer at this point.
However as mention earlier, there is lots of reasons to be skeptical about the existence of such a device. However, consider this: originally the HP Touchpad was going to run Android before HP’s acquisition of Palm. So if the past is any indication, HP certainly is no stranger to Android. Stay tuned to DroidDog as we continue to keep tabs on the existence of such a handset.