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HP Announces Slate6 and Slate7 VoiceTab Android Phablets

by Jacob Kleinman | January 15, 2014January 15, 2014 9:00 am PST

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After denying any plans to launch its own line of smartphones, HP unveiled two new Android devices Wednesday morning. The HP Slate6 VoiceTab and Slate7 VoiceTab will launch in India later this year with 3G capability and a budget-friendly price tag.

Both devices pack quad-core processors, dual HD cameras, stereo speakers, 16GB of storage with microSD support, dual SIM card slots and run Android 4.2. HP exec Ron Coughlin also tells Re/code the Slate6 will feature a 720p display, while the Slate7 will offer a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

From a design perspective the new devices look rather premium, featuring sandwiched edges and ultra-thin side bezels. HP says the VoiceTab’s back panel’s pixelated design is also scratch resistant and that, despite their size, they should easily slide into a pocket.

There’s no official word on when the Slate 6 and Slate7 VoiceTab will launch or how they’ll be priced, but don’t expect either device to hit the U.S. any time soon—HP is reportedly banking on using its brand recognition in India to help boost sales before expanding to other emerging markets. If you’re looking for a super-sized smartphone there are still plenty of options though, from the HTC One max to Samsung’s Galaxy Mega to the Xperia Z Ultra.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...