Following multiple teases from HP and leaks from the rumor mill, today Meg Whitman and Co. officially took the wraps off their first new smartphones since 2011. Dubbed the Slate6 VoiceTab and Slate7 VoiceTab, the two devices are definitely some of the largest voice-capable devices we’ve seen to date. So it’s no surprise that HP actually refers to them as “voice tablets.”
The Slate6 VoiceTab and Slate7 VoiceTab are both powered by quad-core processors made by an unidentified manufacturer as well as Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The two devices also include 5-megapixel rear cameras, 2-megapixel front-facing shooters, 16GB storage, microSD card slots and front-facing speakers. One difference between the Slate6 VoiceTab and Slate7 VoiceTab are their displays: The Slate6 features a 6-inch 1280×720 IPS display, while the Slate7 is packing a 7-inch 1280×800 IPS panel. All of those features are crammed into frames that are less than 10mm thick.
HP says that the Slate6 VoiceTab and Slate7 VoiceTab will launch in India next month, but the company hasn’t provided any pricing information. As for why HP chose to stage its smartphone comeback in India, executive Ron Coughlin explained that HP came to that decision after taking several factors into consideration, including the fact that HP is the top PC vendor in India and that Indian carriers don’t play as large a role in the phone-buying process as operators in other countries. That doesn’t mean we won’t ever see these Slates in other regions, though, as Coughlin teased that we should expect to see HP do more in the coming months.
Obviously it’s tough to make any real judgments about HP’s Slate6 VoiceTab and Slate7 VoiceTab before we get any hands-on time with them, but the Slate6 VoiceTab looks to be nicely-designed. It’s kind of a bummer that HP is launching its new voice tablets in India only, at least initially, but the move makes sense: It gives HP a better chance at having a successful comeback because the company is a well-known, popular brand in India and it won’t have to try and woo carriers like it would in the US.
What do you think of the Slate6 VoiceTab and Slate7 VoiceTab? Would you buy them if they were available in your country?