I spent some time the other day with a Moravia exacutive, talking about the current and future plans regarding HP calculators. As you may already know, from November 1 HP has licensed the calculator business to Royal (for the Americas) and Moravia (for EMEA and Asia). There are many things that cannot be said, but there are several things standing out.
- It seems that the licensees will move faster than HP - there are less layers of bureaucracy, and these guys have been many years in the industry.
- There is a team that will continue the development of the HP Prime - which is a very good calculator.
- The licensees (who have been distributing the HP brand for many years) know the many recent flops of HP product: the quality issues, etc. On the other hand, they are very much business driven - and therefore they have a clear view of the market and are less "romantic" than we are. Their product plans, however, will have "something" for us all.
- The semiconductor scarcity is impacting on the bringing back to market of some models.
As soon as I have a confirmation on the definitive line-up I will come back to you guys with the information!