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HP's new phablets will both offer 5MP rear facing cameras and will launch in India

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HP's new phablets will both offer 5MP rear facing cameras and will launch in India
Earlier on Wednesday, we showed you pictures of the HP Slate 6 and Slate 7 Voice Tabs that we were tipped to. Obviously intended for emerging markets, we have since discovered some more news on the pair. For example, the devices will initially be launched in India later this year. This comes from Ron Coughlin, VP for HP's consumer PC business, who was interviewed by re/code.

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.

"I won’t say where or when, but you can expect us to do more in the coming months. We’ll be talking about this in a more expansive way. But right now we’re focused on a successful launch in India."-Ron Coughlin, VP for consumer PC business, HP

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

Render of the HP Slate 6 Voice Tab

source: re/code via Engadget

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posted on 15 Jan 2014, 06:58 1

1. hafini_27 (Posts: 898; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

Yellow color, looks nice, hope they are priced reasonably

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 06:59 1

2. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

Amazing design! A mid-range phablet with a flagship design!

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 07:15

4. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1276; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

Really, What do you think that thing cost? It is a stripped down version of what it could have been with a wowing 5mp camera. Everything about this is underwhelming, and that is why they are starting sales in India. It's strategic marketing my friend make a cheap product that no one will want unless they are poor, and this is why they will sell in underdeveloped markets 1st.

HP still does not get it in my opinion. They must make things that people want not things to coin a profit. Making cheap products in an over crowded market does not make sales. They need to make innovative cutting edge industry leading products to stay relevant. Even poor people want and buy iPhones...go figure

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 08:36

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

There's a reason why HP has 32% share in the computer business - they know how to offer decent PC's that for performance to budget ratio. Same with the tabs. Selling it in India is one smart, strategic move.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 09:01

10. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1276; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

They offer cheap PC's that appeal to people with out a lot of money. Most people that I know that bought them won't buy them again including myself. There is a serious lacking in quality of product that I have bought. I build PC's and I can tell you that they make cheap junk. Name one quality mother board or memory stick that they use in their PC's. HP, Dell, and most other PC makers killed off the companies like Micron Zeos, Polywell that were using higher quality parts.

I did mention that the strategy was to build it cheap and distribute it in areas that could only afford cheap. That strategy needs to be changed to a better innovative product that then can be dumbed down.

I feel that HP is capable of so much more if they got off their arses and started to innovate with industry leading products. Hey that's just my opinion.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 09:15

12. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1276; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

When you truly look at performance per dollar spent HP, Dell, and companies like Gateway only offer cheap solutions that cause people to flock to Apple after they by those products more than twice.

Apple makes a more consistent product with better quality control, and a more unified product line. Don't get me wrong Apple does not use top quality parts either. Take their machines apart and you will not find top tier memory, or any other top tier components. What you will find are products that always work well together that are not bargain basement cheap.

HP market share of 32% is due to making affordable products for those that can't afford better, or know that they are just cheap computers made to make a profit at the users expense.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 07:03

3. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

Wait, GSMArena mentioned that the two devices have already been officially announced. So who's correct?

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 07:48

5. HASHTAG (unregistered)

@kaikuheadhunterz I looked through multiple sources and it seems like they both are official.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 07:51

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

The design is looking good and new type of UI is also looking cool.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 08:35

7. yowanvista (Posts: 341; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

Why on earth did they even use an outdated version of Android?

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 08:36

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Because it's a BUDGET model. There you go.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 09:13

11. yowanvista (Posts: 341; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

Several 'budget' devices are launching with at least 4.3 or some even KitKat so the point is moot. HP is just lazy and they won't probably care about updating those devices.

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