Jan 15 AT 11:35 AM Alex Wagner 11 Comments

HP re-enters smartphone market with Slate6 VoiceTab, Slate7 VoiceTab


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?

Via: Re/code

Source: HP

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  • Devesh Prabhu

    If this is actually what it is going to look like and with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal and a quad-core processor and within 15k, i’ll definitely but the phone…irrespective of my reservations against this company for their products….

  • redraider133

    I’m not really a fan of HP, but I like the look of the phone. Will be interesting to see how it performs and if they are going to support it long term.

  • GE918

    The Galaxy Note 3 still reigns supreme.

    • androidude

      The galaxy note 3 and galaxy round still reign supreme

  • sere83

    Brimming with fail. The days of 1280×720/800 displays on 6 and 7 inch devices is gone.

    • Suhas

      U wont notice Any difference in display to ur naked eye even if the resolution is so less…And also it saves more battery compared to 1080p screens

  • John Patrick

    “Indian carriers don’t play as large a role in the phone-buying process as operators in other countries”…Yeah, looks like HP hates US carriers about as much as we do.

  • jerrbomb

    Phone sizes are getting ridiculous but it’s nice to see how trying to make a comeback..

  • renyo

    I think they’ve done a great job with the design… Though the back design reminds me of the Nexus 4, HTC One & One X mashed together… I’d probably change that wallpaper to a blackish-golden themed one too…

  • metin

    hello,,, This ‘ HP Slate6 VoiceTab ‘ big for mobilepohne,? but litll ? for Tablet .

    mobilephone 4.7 inch süper an for Tablet’ 10 or 12 inch perfect.

  • donger