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HP returns to the mobile market with two tablets

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 15 Jan 2014 16:19 User comments (5)

HP returns to the mobile market with two tablets HP has announced today that it has returned to the smartphone/tablet market after a two year hiatus, building two "voice-enabled" tablets that will launch in India this year.
The Slate 6 VoiceTab and the Slate 7 VoiceTab will run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and there are no plans for the tablets outside of India.

Ron Coughlin, Senior VP for the consumer PC business, notes: "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."

At just 6 inches, the Slate 6 is a small tablet (or an oversized phone) but the 7-inch Slate 7 fills the normal form factor slot owned by the Kindle Fire, Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tabs. Both devices have 720p displays, quad-core processors (likely from MediaTek), 16GB internal storage and microSD slots. Both have dual 2MP/5MP cameras.

The press release says the tablets will launch next month, at a "great value."

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5 user comments

115.1.2014 16:56

Seriously, in India out of all places?

216.1.2014 8:26

Originally posted by A5J4DX:
Seriously, in India out of all places?
india has a high population and seem to love tech gadgets why not????

custom built gaming pc from early 2010,ps2 with 15 games all original,ps3 500gbs with 5 games all original,yamaha amp and 5.1channel surround sound speakers,46inch sony lcd smart tv.

317.1.2014 14:30

Because Indians are simple folk that live in squaller and worship the cows that walk all streets. They're dramatically over-populated at 1.1bn and Americans hate dealing with them for customer service-related issues that are outsourced. They're annoying and drive like crap.............

I'm happy Hp is going to vet their up and coming crap in a country that has virtually no ability to purchase. Let the Indians try this destined-to-fail garbage!

418.1.2014 5:53

Originally posted by hearme0:
Because Indians are simple folk that live in squaller and worship the cows that walk all streets. They're dramatically over-populated at 1.1bn and Americans hate dealing with them for customer service-related issues that are outsourced. They're annoying and drive like crap.............

I'm happy Hp is going to vet their up and coming crap in a country that has virtually no ability to purchase. Let the Indians try this destined-to-fail garbage!

may i point out the article june 2013 here i will even link to it. link

the article from a few months back points out that india is the 3rd largest cell phone market.If they can afford smartphones i can see tablets doing well in india.
I agree they are annoying trying to sell you stuff on the phone,trying to change your plan and door door here they try and sign you up for plans and lie.
Also find it funny you imply they have no money but say customer service is outsourced, working in communications does pay in India,they work long hours and get money,not as much per hour as usa,australia,uk but they get money.

custom built gaming pc from early 2010,ps2 with 15 games all original,ps3 500gbs with 5 games all original,yamaha amp and 5.1channel surround sound speakers,46inch sony lcd smart tv.

518.1.2014 9:21

Wow, it's been a while since I saw such sweeping statements about a population - & largely based on some phone contact.
Hmmm.

There's only over 1 billion Indian people, so even if a very small % are by western standards middleclass/rich, that's still a lot of people.

India is also one of the up & coming 'BRIC' nations, things are far from the barely developed, stuck in the ancient or colonial past, 50's type charicature.
India is also churning out graduates specialising in software & hardware manufacture as fast as she can.

Just as certain people used to point & laugh at the likes of Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, China etc etc India is heading exactly the same way.

The oinly concern I have about her as a nation is that she manages it as environmentally cleanly as possible - and doesn't leave vast numbers of her people behind - in the process.

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