Sources at Taiwanese ODMs and component makers told DigiTimes that HP expects to ship 45-48 million notebooks, including webOS tablets as a main focus, in 2011. This compares to shipments of over 39 million units in 2010.
Having Taken delivery of more than 10 million notebooks in the fourth quarter of 2010, HP attained total shipments of over 39 million units in 2010, the sources indicated.
While HP has unveiled the Windows 7 tablet PC Slate 500, WebOS models will be the mainstream of HP's tablets, the sources pointed out. The development of WebOS tablet PCs was finished in 2010, but HP will have Taiwan-based Inventec begin ODM production and shipments in March 2011 to allow for software testing and timing of launch schedules in line with market development, the sources indicated.