While earlier reports said that a quad-core 1GHz Marvell processor would be powering both devices, Coughlin would not identify the manufacturer of the silicon under the hood of either unit. Both models will run Android 4.2 and while the 6 inch glass on the HP Slate 6 will have a 720 x 1280 resolution, on the Slate 7 the resolution will be 800 x 1280 on the 7 inch screen. The phablets will have front facing stereo speakers and are both equipped with a 5MP rear facing camera and a 2MP snapper around front. The Slate 6 will be a bit thinner than 9mm while the Slate 7 will be 9.5mm thin. Both will offer 16GB of native storage with a 32GB capacity microSD slot for those needing more space. Pricing was not disclosed.
HP is following the numbers as far as these two devices are concerned. Phones with a screen size between 5 and 7 inches grew 17 fold in the second quarter of 2013 from the prior year, according to IDC. Nearly one out of every four phones sold in the following quarter was a phablet. And choosing India for the launch was apparently a no brainer. In tests conducted three to four months ago, consumers in India had the highest intent to purchase score. HP is the number one PC name in the country with 32% of the market, so brand recognition is not a problem.
After India, the new HP models could find themselves in other countries. Coughlin says that the pair tested very well in closed door tests with retailers at CES.
Render of the HP Slate 6 Voice Tab
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