By Stephen Schenck | January 15, 2014 10:47 AM
Yesterday afternoon we were looking at a leak out of HP, supposedly depicting an upcoming phablet from the company. Although all we had was one little low-res pic, it sure looked like it might be a six-inch device, and we had heard 5.5, 6, and 7-inch rumors attached to HPs plans. Today we finally start getting confirmation of just what it’s been up to, as HP announces the Slate6 and Slate7 VoiceTab; no 5.5-incher this time.
Detailed specs aren’t officially available just yet, but HP does mention quad-core chips, support for dual-SIM standby, and stereo front-facing speakers. Based on what we’ve seen already, that SoC is likely to be a 1GHz Marvell component. We’ve heard that both models should have 720p displays, 16GB storage (with microSD expansion), and five-megapixel rear cameras (with 2MP front-facers).
Despite their screen sizes, HP still insists that the phablets are “slim enough to fit nicely in the pocket.” Launch plans for the pair put them in India next month, and it remains to be seen where they might pop up thereafter.
HP’s hitting an interesting assortment of notes with these two: large screens, voice call support, and dual-SIM. Will that resonate with the Indian consumer? While that remains to be seen, there’s still one more unknown that could easily dictate the fate of these VoiceTabs: pricing. We’ll update you if we learn anything there.