Hewlett-Packard announced two extra-large smartphones Wednesday, both “phablet” devices for the Indian market.
Originally reported by Re/code, the devices will be called Slate 6 and Slate 7 and have 6- and 7-inch screens, respectively. Both phablets will run Android 4.2.2 and have a quad-core processor, 16GB of storage with the option to expand that with MicroSD memory cards.
But don’t expect them to hit U.S. shores anytime soon, as these babies will first be available in India.
“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,” Ron Coughlin, vice president of HP’s consumer PC business, told Re/code.
Both devices will hit store shelves in February at a yet-undisclosed price.
HP abandoned the smartphone business a few years ago, but rumors of the company’s plans to launch Android smartphones and tablets intensified in 2013. Now that the cat is out of the bag, the main question is: How big are HP’s plans for Android?
In any case, these two phablets definitely aren’t the last such devices HP plans to launch. “I won’t say where or when, but you can expect us to do more in the coming months,” said Coughlin.
Source : Mashable