Palo Alto, California-based tech multinational is all set to pose a serious threat to all the major players currently operating in the Indian domestic market, in terms of tablets. And accordingly, the company has officially unveiled two brand new voice calling tablets, dubbed HP Slate 6 and Slate 7.
The two new mobile devices, the 6-inch diagonal HP Slate6 VoiceTab and the 7-inch diagonal HP Slate7 VoiceTab, according to the company, have been designed "to help the next generation of mobile customers multitask on the go."
Powered by the Google-based Android operating system, both the tablets arrive featuring powerful quad core processors, while also delivering a 3G dual SIM dual standby feature.
"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," he added.
While these are undoubtedly great devices to look forward to and check out as to how they perform in the market in the long term - both in terms of popularity and sales figures, it's no big surprise that HP has released a new mobile device considering the fact that HP CEO Meg Whitman did confirm a few months ago that the company will be heading back in the smartphone business.
Apart from that, HP has also been rumored in the past for a few weeks to launch affordable smartphones for emerging markets such as India, China and the Philippines. However, it was already guessed by that time that the company would be releasing the devices running on Android.
While the official press release for the same doesn't shed much light on the specifications for both the devices, it is now known that both the Slate 6 Voice Tab and the Slate 7 Voice Tab will offer 1280 x 720 IPS displays, at 6-inch and 7-inch, respectively.
The devices will also be supported by an unspecified quad-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, microSD support for up to 32GB expandable memory, 5-megapixel primary snapper, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, front-facing stereo speakers and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean under the hood.
As of now, the Slate 6 has been pinned with a price tag of Rs. 22,990. The Slate 7, on the other hand, will be available for Rs. 17,287.
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Android Jelly Bean
This was a likely thing to happen since HP already has Android-running devices in it arsenal. And accordingly, both Slate 6 and Slate 7 have been released with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean under the hood, which is quite impressive.
While both Slate 6 and Slate 7 are offering 16GB of internal memory (which is quite impressive in the first place), there is also the popular option of expanding the memory up to 32 GB for added space advantage.
The in-device batteries that have been provided for both the devices also look pretty impressive. HP knows that while its tablets will generate immense power, it will also require a stable battery support for all that power to be utilized efficiently.
Likewise, while the Slate 6 is arriving with a 3,000mAh battery, the Slate 7 will be juiced up by a bit more 4,100mAh - which is more than what the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 or the Lenovo Idea Tab A3000 offers.
While a camera spec may or may not be that big a thing for a tablet, especially when smartphones already serve that purpose, HP has made sure that it has not left any stone unturned.
Both the devices sport a more than required 5-megapixel primary snapper and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera to match all the photography requirements users may have on owning the devices.
Front-facing Stereo Speakers
As a bonus to all the already made available features that are arriving with both Slate 6 and Slate 7, HP has also offered front-firing stereo speakers for top-quality sound that will look to create an immersive experience while checking out a YouTube video, watching a movie, or simply listening to in-device tracks.