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After introducing the 't820 Flexible Series Thin Client' solution two months back, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ - Analyst Report) or H-P has now unveiled a new HP mt41 Mobile thin client. The offering provides enhanced performance and secure connectivity.

The latest portable thin client solution provides secure access to data while on the move.

The new thin client solution features a 14-inch diagonal LED-backlit high-definition display, a Windows Embedded Standard (WES) 7E operating system, WWAN 3G/4G LTE capabilities, a USB port, a dual-core AMD processor and TPM chipset.

Priced at $649 to $900, the HP mt41 mobile thin client will be available globally in November.

The demand for cloud-based services has encouraged the growth of mobile clients. According to IDC, mobile thin client shipments will touch approximately 5.6 million in 2013, up 7% year-over-year. Shipments are forecast to reach 9.2 million units globally by 2017. As bring your own device (BYOD) gains popularity, these devices should see growth. 

Apart from this, H-P also recently unveiled the first HP Chromebook14, driven by an Intel processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture. The new offering will provide faster web access and is equipped with a large display and optional 4G for enhanced connectivity.

H-P has been trying hard to shift its focus from its PC-centric business to the high-margin server, storage and cloud computing space. The back-to-back launches of a new BPO (business process outsourcing) solution, a host of desktop printers, two media players and the Moonshot server in the past few months indicate that H-P’s plans are well on track.

However, increasing competition from companies like Dell Inc. , IBM Corp. (IBM - Analyst Report) and Oracle Corp. (ORCL - Analyst Report) coupled with continuing macroeconomic challenges and tepid IT spending will pose challenges, going forward.

Currently, H-P has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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