HP Slate 8Don’t expect an ARM-based Windows 8 tab from HP later this year. The company confirmed to Bloomberg on Friday that, for now at least, its efforts will focus solely on a device with an x86 chip. The news is actually not all that surprising, considering we saw a slide a few months back hinting at a “Windows 8 Professional OS” device coming from HP.

HP spokeswoman Marlene Somsak said the company’s decision is firmly rooted in “input from [HP's] customers,” with a focus on the business market. “The robust and established ecosystem of x86 applications provides the best customer experience at this time and in the immediate future,” Somsak said.

That, and we’d assume the company is a bit apprehensive about jumping into a Windows RT tab now that Microsoft is launching its own offering.

[via Bloomberg]