After HP’s Web-OS debacle that ended in a fire-sale and immediate axing of their phone and tablet lines over two years ago, HP have finally stepped back into the smart-phone/tablet arena. HP unveiled two new 6 and 7 inch voice calling enabled tablets, under the convenient naming scheme of “VoiceTab” products. The HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 VoiceTab both come with dual sim 3G capabilities and blur the boundaries between a tablet and a phone even further. Both come with 16Gb onboard storage, expandable with up to 32 Gb micro SD cards, as well as front facing 2 Mp cameras and 5 Mp rear facing cameras.
Unfortuately HP have no plans at the moment to launch these devices in the US or North America, and instead are focusing on an India and Asia centric launch, the price however has not been set.
Read more at the official HP press release:
HP Launches Voice Tablets for Consumers in IndiaMore than a tablet, smarter than a phone, HP’s next generation of mobile devices help users multitask on the go
PALO ALTO, Calif. — HP today unveiled two new mobile devices, the 6-inch diagonal HP Slate6 VoiceTab and the 7-inch diagonal HP Slate7 VoiceTab, designed to help the next generation of mobile customers multitask on the go.
With the introduction of the Slate6 VoiceTab and Slate7 VoiceTab, HP is delivering on its promise to expand to additional mobile categories and form factors and offer differentiated value to our customers.
“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.”
The new compact, full-featured tablets are powered by a quad-core processor, enabling users to multitask at everything from email and web surfing to gaming and streaming.(1) Also featuring voice-calling capability,(2) the new devices deliver quality, reliability and performance to help users take care of business.
Built on Android™ operating system, and featuring the powerful Quad Core processor, the HP Slate6 and HP Slate7 are engineered for the way people multitask, while offering access to entertainment. Both devices come equipped with a 3G(3) Dual SIM Dual Standby(2) feature, providing voice connectivity and performance that allows people to work and play on the go.
The HP Slate6 and HP Slate7 also offer front-firing stereo speakers for top-quality sound that delivers an immersive experience that spans social media and gaming to streaming movies, music and more. Plus, the innovative new IPS Panel delivers a better viewing angle, while offering vibrant colors and a responsive touch.
Both devices come equipped with an HD(4) front and rear camera for photos and video chats.
The stylish, compact design is slim enough to fit nicely in the pocket and features a premium pixilated, scratch-resistant back cover design.
The HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 VoiceTab are expected to be available in India in February.
Additional information about the new HP portfolio is available at www.hp.com.
(1) Wireless access point and internet service required and not included. Availability of public wireless access points limited.
(2) Voice capabilities require a separately purchased service contract. Check with service provider for coverage and availability in a specific area.
(3) Wireless Broadband use requires separately purchased service contract. Check with service provider for coverage and availability in a specific area. Connection speeds will vary due to carrier networks, location, environment, network conditions and other factors.
(4) High-definition content is required for high-definition images.
(5) Not all models available in all regions.
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