HP is a well renowned company which has been providing its users with the best experience when it comes to so many gadgets. The recent revelation from the company is quite ensuring and might be a time for other companies to straddle up for a bumpy ride. HP has made official what Yam Su Yin, Senior Director of Consumer PCs and Tablets for Asia-Pacific, pointed at during the last year; HP is stepping into the competition of smartphones again. The Senior VP for the consumer PC business, Ron Coughlin, told in an interview that HP will be introducing two smartphone models; Slate 6 and Slate 7 VoiceTab. In essence, both these models are tablets which come with the ability to dial.
CEO of HP, Meg Whitman said in September last year; ‘We have to ultimately offer a smartphone because in many countries of the world that is your first computing device. We did take a detour into smartphones and we’ve got to get it right this time.’
Let’s talk about the specs we’re looking at, shall we? So apparently both of these models will run on Google’s Android 4.2 OS. Both will come with quad-core processor and shall be available to customers with internal storage of 16 GB and shall be compatible with MicroSD cards of storage up to 32 GB. Moving to individual unit; Slate 6 will support a screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels and Slate 7 shall be available with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. Both of these units will have a 5MP camera, the usual one, and a front camera of 2MP. Also, they will come with front facing stereo speakers.
For now the units will be launched only in India in February, 2014 and there is no news about when they will be available in other areas. According to Coughlin; ‘We see a need in India that we can meet. Consumers are looking for a way to consolidate devices. We think there’s an opportunity to enter a growing market where there’s an unmet need.’
He however did point out that the smartphone will be launched in other areas during this year; ‘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.’