HP‘s next tablet will also be a phone. The Slate 7 VoiceTab can be thought of as a voice-enabled tablet or one of the largest phablets announced so far.
This device will be an upgraded version of the original HP Slate 7, which debuted last year. The upcoming model will have a better screen, processor, and camera, plus support for cellular-wireless networks.
The Slate 7 VoiceTab will be part of HP’s plan to break into the phone market, something it has been struggling to do for years. The device will be released initially only in India, where HP has a strong presence in the PC market and phablets sell very well. It might be introduced in other areas if the pilot program turns out well.
Details of the HP Slate 7 VoiceTab
It will run Google Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) on a quad-core processor. There will be 16GB of internal storage, with a microSD card slot potentially bringing 32GB more.
The Slate 7 VoiceTab is going to include a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP webcam, and front-facing stereo speakers.
HP also plans to introduce a smaller version. The Slate 6 will have a 6-inch, 1280 x 720 pixel, IPS display. AN image of it can be seen at right.
Both will debut in India in February. HP isn’t saying what they will cost, but given the specs and market the cost is expected to be low.