HP launched new tablets late last year and then CEO Meg Whitman stated they had to get back into the phone business. As first reported on Re/code, HP announced the Slate6 and Slate7 VoiceTabs for the India market.
HP had an excellent run with PDAs back in the late 90s/early 00s and then tried their hand at Windows Mobile devices like the iPAQ Mobile Messenger and iPAQ 910. Things looked really promising when HP purchased Palm and webOS, but then their CEO dropped the ball and killed what could have been a leading smartphone platform.
CES 2014 Highlights
These new voice tablets run the older Android Jelly Bean 4.2 OS with a quad-core processor, high resolution IPS displays, front facing stereo speakers, five megapixel rear camera, 16GB of internal storage with microSD card support, and dual-SIM capability.
There was no pricing information available and they are expected to be available in India in February. This may be a way for HP to test the waters before getting back into the smartphone market, but there’s nothing very exciting to see hear at this time.