When Microsoft announced its new Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, they were seen as a potentially damaging move to third-party PC makers, whose own Windows-powered tablets may not fare so well against first-party hardware. However, Hewlett-Packard’s Head of PC, Todd Bradley, isn’t worried about the Surface tablet’s threat at all.
In fact, Bradley said during an interview with IDG Enterprise that he would “hardly call the Surface competition,” and that the Surface RT — which went on sale on October 26 in the United States — “tends to be slow and a little kludgey as you use it.” He added that it’s “expensive,” and that “the press has made a bigger deal out of Surface than what the world has chosen to believe.”
Bradley highlighted the Surface’s rather small retail launch — which still attracted large crowds and plenty of sales — and the fact that it’s only available directly from Microsoft in a limited number countries.
The Surface isn’t the only Microsoft product Bradley took a shot at, either. He also said he wasn’t “a big fan” of the company’s new tablet-centric Windows RT platform.
HP has previously said that although it does intend to re-enter the consumer tablet market in 2013 — following the death of its webOS-powered TouchPad. But it has no plans for a Windows RT tablet at this point.
What do you think of Bradley’s comments? Do you agree with him?
[Via: The Verge]