Report: HP to introduce a $200 phablet-sized smartphone as soon as next week

Report: HP to introduce a $200 phablet-sized smartphone as soon as next week
Next week, we could see a new smartphone from one of the oldest names in technology. Sources inside HP have opened up to 9to5 Google and told them that as soon as next week, the Palo Alto based tech giant will be introducing a handset similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, for $200 unsubsidized. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 unsubsidized is close to $700.

HP plans on targeting the pre-paid and emerging markets with its device. While the phone might resemble the Galaxy Note 3, HP had to do quite a bit of cost-cutting to get the price down to $200. Last summer, talking about the smartphone market, HP senior director Yam Su Yin said that "HP has to be in the game." Ironically, the director said that the key to success is to offer a phone that is unique.

The last time we saw HP's name on a smartphone was when it had a limited European launch of the HP Pre 3. The phone was scheduled to be launched in the U.S., but was canceled and inventory ended up on eBay. HP had picked up the Pre, the Pixi and webOS when it purchased Palm in 2010.

In December, we passed along speculation that HP was going to release a 6 inch and 7 inch device for emerging markets, but we had these pegged as voice capable tablets. Just last week, we pointed out that HP had listed a device called the HP Slate 6 Voice Tab on the Bluetooth SIG. But at the time, this too was being thought of as a tablet with voice capabilities. Now, it seems that this is actually a phablet. The device also showed up at the GFX benchmark site in November.

Based on that visit, we expect HP's new phone to offer a 720 x 1280 resolution on its screen, a quad-core 1GHz Marvell processor under the hood, and Android 4.2.2. pre-installed. As far as the screen size is concerned, the possible name of the device, the HP Slate 6 Voice Tab suggests that HP's new phone will carry a 6 inch panel.

source: 9to5Google via AndroidAuthority



1. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

If they put (relatively) stock Android onboard, like in Slate 7, this will be great entry-level phablet.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

If they put Android with new webOS UI onboard, this will be an awesome entry-level phablet.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Er... Isn't that owned by LG now?

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yeah, webOS is owned by LG now. But it will be great if HP use the webOS UI as their Android skin on top of their phone and tablet.

5. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

How I wish HP had not abandoned WebOS so soon

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

HP hasn't done innovation very well as of recently. WebOS was an opportunity and HP biffed it. I am not holding my breath regarding this latest effort, either.

7. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

This isn't necessarily correct. You are only looking at consumer space. HP's focus is not in consumer space. They are primarily a enterprise-focused entity. If you look at the enterprise products, they have been innovating pretty well. In storage, cloud, networks, servers, enterprise software they are doing good as of now. Check HP OneView, HP is pioneer in software-defined storage like VSA, check 3PAR portfolio, StoreOnce, Networking solutions, StoreVirtual etc., There are a lot of good things happening in HP, but not necessarily visible in consumer space.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Doug is right...Hp only got as far as they did enterprise wise through the acquisition of Compaq, and printers...they screwed the PocketPC after the acquisition. Had they a clue they could have beat Palm in the PDA arena with that device as well as make it a phone and rule. They get Palm and mutilate whats left, and now you all want to buy their crap attempt to make a phone. After buying numerous HP failed products the only products that they produce well is a printer, that rips the value out of consumer pockets by selling over priced "QWIK" disappearing ink. They sell printers cheap to F you for ink sales over the price of the printer which will cost several hundreds of dollars a year to use. They got rid of R&D when Meg took over, and shipped 10k jobs to China. They paid the guy that made the mess 80 million dollars severance, and hired dumb a$$ Meg who killed off WebOs. Hold your breath until they Get a real R&D department and hope they have leadership. HP is a tech company and until they get a CEO who knows tech they are just a company out to make money on trends at the consumers expense.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Don't get me started on the laptops that I bought that fail with cheap made parts at a premium price. They are driven by a greed and profit business model with nothing good to offer outside of a good name gone sour....too bad. Name one innovative product that they have made since the printer They need to discover that a tech company without R&D can not innovate until they bring back innovation through R&D. Until Meg or a CEO that understands tech does this they will fail until R&D is brought back

12. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

People like you who equate laptops with Enterprise are either kids or idiots or both.

11. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

@QWIKSTRIKE, don't embarrass yourself. You talk about enterprise and you mention Compaq, printers. and webos. Do you even know what is ENTERPRISE? Don't talk like an idiot if you don't know anything. WebOS, printers, Compaq has nothing to do with enterprise. Have you use any of the enterprise products in your life? If you read run-of-the-mill blogs, you know sh!t about enterprise. Have you used any of their 3PAR products? Do you know the architecture of 7000 series? Ever used H3C products? Do you know how VSA works or how StoreOnce has improved? Have you even visited a real data center in your entire lifetime? Do you know what is a OneView? People like you have never even have a clue about enterprise, and talks as if they know everything. I know you're an idiot because when you talk about enterprise, nobody (i mean nobody) talks about phones, webOS, printers, Palm or anything similar. Only idiots like you think that they are enterprise products. Go back to bed, and comeback only when you've worked your ass for 20 yrs in "ENTERPRISE". If you talk about HP, do you even know what was shown in HP Discover in Barcelona. Don;t get me started. I will fry your a$$ next time if you even mention about enterprise and webos/printers in the same sentence.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Compaq did have enterprise business Mr. Im too smart. The consumer business is what we are now discussing with the Phablet Phone. HP enterprise business was suppose to be solidified by Compaq who had a tremendous presence in the Enterprise world Now research this, and tell me that I am wrong. I never said or implied that WebOs was enterprise business you did. In the past HP enterprise business was combined with Compaq who had a strong presence in business computing to compete against IBM, but Look at IBM and HP, and decide who's king in that arena. HP has come on strong recently in Cloud offerings that's for sure. "The merger, if completed, would produce a company with total revenue only slightly less than that of I.B.M., the largest computer company. But both Hewlett-Packard and Compaq have recently seen revenue slide and profit plunge because of a industry slowdown, and both have announced job cuts." "The merger of the two computer giants could create a stronger competitor for Sun Microsystems and I.B.M. in the server computer market while putting pressure on I.B.M., Dell and Gateway in the personal computer business. Hewlett-Packard and Compaq said the merged company would be in a position to compete with I.B.M. across virtually its entire product line." I never said that THEIR ENTERPRISE BUSINESS SUCKED NOW DID I. Being called and idiot by a jack wad like you is totally inspiring to say the least. Making strides in cloud computing vs the subject consumer smartphones are totally different arena's, and I never mixed the 2. HP and the Cloud is fine, but get a grip they their consumer base specifically smart phones is what the article and we are talking about. You can't fry much of anything and as far as Barcelona and Enterprise is concerned you are way off base here since this was never the topic. When the topic becomes enterprise, and you want to have a go at it be my guest, but the topic here and now is Phablet phones being introduced. If HP were as great as you say they were their stock wouldn't have been in the toilet now would it. They peaked right before buying Compaq, and added Compaq business enterprise solutions to theirs to compete against SunMicroSystems, and IBM. Then from 2000 until now their crappy business model caused major dumping of their stock. Analyst and investors bail when they see an unsustainable business model reported by CEO and stock reports. They may be turning heads in the Enterprise world again through Cloud computing, but here and now in the consumer world they suck!

14. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Don't be fazed by dude, history has proven anything and everything that HP touches turns to sh*t. It's even worse now with Whitman, as she has a solid track record of taking consumers for a ride when she was at EBay, and she's about as technically smart as my 90-year-old grandmother.

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Fortunately for the residents of CA, Meg lost her attempt to eBay-ify the state. I feel for the poor sods at HP, though.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Ebay happened way before Amazon and look what happened to Ebay with Meg at the helm. Amazon keeps pushing on, and Ebay keeps screwing up. Cali residents knew to vote no to her stupid A$$ for governor Doug!

10. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I'm positive that name could use a couple more words. I can give all of you an approximation of the response you would get before you finished getting that name out: "ZzZZzzz."

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