Despite HP CEO Meg Whitman stating that the company has to "ultimately offer a smartphone," it looks like it will still be some time before we see a new handset from the company. According to Computerworld UK, Whitman said Wednesday at an analyst's meeting, "We don't have any plans to introduce a smartphone in 2013." While she does have a plan for the company's future in the smartphone industry, this decision will likely set HP back even further before returning to the market.
HP has been struggling recently as a result of an unprecedented amount of leadership changes and a failed attempt at keeping webOS alive, and is expected to have to tough time financially throughout next year as well. Whitman is, however, aware that they must not hesitate with the introduction of a new device, saying that "five years from now, if we don't have a smartphone or whatever the next generation of that device is, we'll be locked out of a huge segment of the population in many countries of the world."