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HP devices are headed to India next month

Back in September 2012, HP CEO Meg Whitman declared, “We have to ultimately offer a smartphone because in many countries of the world that would be your first computing device.” After its highly-publicized webOS failure, HP is making its first foray back into the smartphone market.
 
HP will be rolling out two new smartphones in India starting in February. The two devices are the Slate 6 VoiceTab and the Slate 7 VoiceTab. As the names of the products suggest, the Slate 6 has a 6-inch screen and the Slate 7 has a 7-inch screen. Both tablets are powered by an unnamed quad-core processor and feature IPS displays.

 
“Consumers are looking to consolidate their phones and tablets, which is propelling the voice tablet market,” said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president, Consumer Personal Systems Group, HP.
 
“This is an exciting new category that represents a meaningful growth opportunity for HP. Our HP Slate VoiceTab provides consumers with a high-quality product at a great value.”

 
Both of the devices have voice calling capability and run the Android operating system. Both have 3G Dual SIM Standby features and front stereo speakers.
 
Pricing for the Slate 6 and Slate 7 are unannounced at this time. There is also no indication that HP plans on bringing its new phablets to the U.S.

Source: HP



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What is with HP?
By retrospooty on 1/15/2014 11:10:33 AM , Rating: 5
- Buys Palm's whole business for 1.5 billion dollars to get into mobile
- After 1 year and zero effort, they dump the whole thing including the very promising WebOS a great OS that just needed some polish and better hardware than Palm had the talent to design.
- Follows up the next year with mediocre designs running Android thus becoming yet another run of the mill average player in a crowded field.

/facepalm doesn't begin to describe it.




RE: What is with HP?
By Argon18 on 1/15/2014 11:21:28 AM , Rating: 2
"/facepalm doesn't begin to describe it. "

IMO this applies to the majority of HP's decisions over the past ~15 years. About they only thing they manage to still do well is printers and ink. Everything else is so bad it's comical. I know, I used to work for them.


RE: What is with HP?
By retrospooty on 1/15/2014 12:04:17 PM , Rating: 3
Yup... NOt even "comical", becasue its so pathetic you almost feel bad for them. I don't even agree with the printer's and ink one. At least not on the business class laser printers. They are definitely not built as well as the older HP printers were.


RE: What is with HP?
By Chadder007 on 1/15/2014 1:09:14 PM , Rating: 2
Laserjet 4 = FTW!


RE: What is with HP?
By Nortel on 1/15/14, Rating: 0
RE: What is with HP?
By retrospooty on 1/15/2014 1:03:49 PM , Rating: 2
No captain Apple fanboy, I did not.


RE: What is with HP?
By Reclaimer77 on 1/15/2014 6:40:35 PM , Rating: 2
WebOS was done before it even got started. This love affair...lol come on.

The rest I agree with.


RE: What is with HP?
By retrospooty on 1/16/2014 9:09:54 AM , Rating: 2
Whether or not you liked WebOS (and I am guessing you never used it, as it was a pretty rare site) you have to admit buying anything for 1.5 billion with the intent to get into whatever its market is, then putting zero effort into it and dumping the whole market less than 1 year later is a dunce move.


RE: What is with HP?
By cfaalm on 1/16/2014 1:31:00 PM , Rating: 2
WebOS is appearing on LG LEDTV now and is alledgedly working great. We can finally all enjoy it on our TV. I wonder if LG would move it to tablets and phones anytime.


RE: What is with HP?
By retrospooty on 1/16/2014 5:01:20 PM , Rating: 2
Meh... It really shined on a phone. Was OK on a tablet. It was the whole quick click thing that made it super fast and easy to flick through your emails, or flick away an app to close it. On a TV, it's cool, but I think it loses alot of its strengh there, as it was perfectly designed for a phone.


RE: What is with HP?
By troysavary on 1/16/2014 3:29:05 PM , Rating: 2
Even the name sucks. Not Slate, that isn't bad, but the VoiceTab part. Sad to see the once mighty HP in perpetual catch-up mode. Firing Hurd for banging a chick while on company dime was the worst decision they made. Sure, it might not have been politically correct, but who cares? He was the last person at HP to run the company well. It has been all down-hill since.


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By chµck on 1/15/2014 9:46:54 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like a mash of sailfish OS and android




Glad to hear it
By bupkus on 1/15/2014 1:36:10 PM , Rating: 2
I hate typing text onto both phones and tablets. What always worked for me was Google's microphone which is pretty impressive...most of the time.
I often wished I could voice input into more than just the search engine, like beer labels at Sam's Club to find out beer ratings for $/mug worthiness.
Maybe, just maybe, hp is waking up from that long sleep.




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