Some of you may not know it, but HP has been in the mobile business for a while now. They mostly had either smartphones or tablets, both built for more lower-budget purposes. Also, you don’t need to take offense at the remark that some people may not have heard of these devices, as to tell you the truth: in my country I have yet to find an HP product that isn’t either a laptop or a printer in a store.
So, back to the point, with the phone/tablet hybrid known as phablet ( or something ) gaining rapid renown worldwide, HP has decided to get it on that action and create a phablet of their own ( or so the rumors / leaks state ). Their device is to be known as the HP Slate 6 Voice Tab. As its name would suggest, it’s supposed to be a “voice tablet” and come with a 6 inch screen – call me foolish, but to me such a tablet that is capable of voice communication is known as phablet nowadays ( heck with phablets growing in popularity as well as in size, I’d reckon anything above 5 inches and below 7 inches can fall into that category ).
The speculation starts gaining a bit of credibility if you consider that HP has been reportedly working to distribute two tablets – 7 and 6 inches respectively, in developing markets of under 250 dollars each. If HP does indeed managed to sell a 6-inch Android phablet for under 250 dollars without any contractual restrictions, than this indeed will attract some amount of attention in the smartphone world.
If these rumors turn out to be true, than it’s official that HP is trying its best to become a big player in the low-cost tablet world. The company made great progress last year to that objective by releasing the Slate 7 Plus Extreme and Slate 7 Plus for 199 and 149 dollars respectively. Also, to further incite potential clients, the Slate 6 Voice Tab’s name has appeared on GFXBenchmark’s site as well. There it is listed as having a Quad-Core 1 GHz Marvell processor, a 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean pre-installed on it.
I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how this turn of events develops.