Does it still make sense for HP to re-enter the smartphone market, and how could they do it?

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TheCount
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I think Whitman walked back her position on reentering the smartphone market.  From the latest I've read, HP doesn't expect to have anything in 2013, and she has been looking long term, with statements along the lines of, "if we don't have a smartphone in five years, we will be locked out of a huge segment of the population".  I wouldn't take Whitman's dedication to this as being too deep, after all, she was the one that jettisoned webOS when she could have walked it back.  I don't see a place for HP in this market really, for many of the same reasons already mentioned by the OP.  Plus I hate HP for their years of overpriced printer cartridges, so I would be hesitant to buy an HP smartphone anyway.  I wouldn't be surprised if they had a batter that lasted 4 months, then cost $100 to replace.  Hey, if that is their approach to printers....

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