HP Forays Into Phablets, Unveils Slate 6 And Slate 7 Voice Tablets

HP has finally taken wraps off its much speculated phablets for the the Indian markets. One of the leading PC manufacturer has forayed into the phablet/tablet sector with Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 VoiceTab. The smartphones or phablets sport a 6-inch and 7-inch screens respectively and run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

HP Slate

Expected to be launched early next month, the devices will be the first smartphones from the US computer giant since it stopped production of Palm devices in 2011. The HP Slate6 VoiceTab phablet and HP Slate7 VoiceTab tablet come with dual-SIM support with voice-calling and dual standby. In addition, both the devices support 3G connectivity. They feature quad-core processors, and come with 16GB of internal storage, as well as expansion slots.

“Consumers are looking to consolidate their phones and tablets, which is propelling the voice tablet market,” said Ron Coughlin the senior vice president of Consumer Personal Systems Group for HP. The Slate6 VoiceTab and Slate7 Voice Tab can display high-definition video, take HD pictures with front- and rear-facing cameras and have front-facing speakers. The back of both is coated in what HP describes as “a premium pixilated, scratch-resistant back cover design.”

According to IDC, devices with larger screens, ranging from 5 to 7 inches, accounted for nearly 23 percent of all smartphone sales. Other players that sell hybrid smartphones or phablets  are Samsung, LG, Huawei and latest addition Lumia. HP already has a significant presence in the Indian PC market with approximately one third of conventional PC sales. Hence, the move from company makes sense. Will the phablets be a success can be determined only after the prices are released.


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