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The PC market may not necessarily be having a gala time with falling sales quarter after quarter. Therefore, PC manufacturers are forced to look beyond making notebook computers for their survival.
Leading players in the industry, including Lenovo, Acer and Asus, for instance, have set their eyes on connected devices business. At the same time, HP is also set to hit Indian smartphone and tablet market with release of two of its new offerings: the Slate 6 VoiceTab and the Slate 7 VoiceTab.
Earlier this month, the American PC giant had announced that the company will offer its new devices in India around February 2014. Till now, HP remained tight lipped around commercial price and availability of both devices, however today, GizBot succeeded in getting some inside juicy details regarding the price and availability of the Slate 6 VoiceTab.
Sources close to the matter have apparently informed GizBot that HP will initially launch the Slate 6 VoiceTab in India around February 7 to 15 followed by the release of 7-inch Voice calling tablet. Hence, the commercial availability of HP Slate 6 VoiceTab is pegged around second week of next month. Further, multiple sources have also disclosed that the HP Slate 6 VoiceTab could be priced somewhere around Rs. 20,000.
Takling about internal hardware, the Slate 6 VoiceTab, it will directly complete with Nokia Lumia 1320 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8. Specs wise, the phablet features a 6-inch 720p HD display, 1GHz quad-core Marvell processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, up to 32GB of expandable storage, 5MP rear-facing camera with Auto Focus and an LED Flash, 2MP front-facing camera, a 3,000mAh battery, Dual SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, and FM Radio support. The phablet is powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.
At the same time, HP has already started to import units of Slate 6 VoiceTab from China in different batches. If we look at the shipment notification from Zauba, more than 3000 units have been shipped to India. Meanwhile, we still need to find out as when HP plans to bring the Slate 7 VoiceTab into Indian market.
With the Slate 6 VoiceTab, HP re-enters smartphone market. Unlike Apple, which has a strong hold with high-end consumers, HP, on the other hand, is primarily looking to make big in the mid-end market. For HP, the biggest hurdle is to crush domestic and as well as International players.
Stay tuned to GizBot for more exclusive updates!