HP to release first smartphones since 2011 but only in India

HP has confirmed it will be launching its first smartphone since 2011 in February, when it releases the 6-inch Slate 6 and 7-inch Slate 7 VoiceTab running Android 4.2. However, the new handsets will only be released in India, at least for the moment.

Re/code states that both smartphones will come with an unnamed quad-core processor and 16 GB of on-board storage. The Slate 6, shown above, will have a 1280x720 display and is less than nine millimeters thick. The Slate 7 will have a 1080x1920 resolution and have a thickness of 9.5 millimeters; pricing for both devices was not announced.

HP famously bought Palm in 2010 for $1.2 billion and tried to sell new smartphones and tablets using its webOS operating system. That effort was a massive failure and in 2011 HP stopped the production of all webOS hardware products. In 2012, CEO Meg Whitman said that the company would start making new smartphones at some point.

So why re-enter the market with a launch in India, rather than in the U.S. or Europe? Ron Coughlin, the vice-president for HP's consumer PC business said that the new devices tested well among Indian buyers. He added, "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." He would not comment when or if these smartphones will be released in other parts of the world.

Source: Re/code | Image via HP

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We never really "made" WebOS phones. Instead we bought Palm and re-branded the phones they already had or were about to put on the market. I don't think HP never actually got around to making a phone internally with the Palm guys. The real focus was on tablets and Touchpad was rushed to market way too fast by Mark Hurd. Of course, Leo then pulled the plug on WebOS and deeply damaged HP's reputation in the process.

I hope Meg is really pushing the PPS guys to get this right. I think our tablet offerings are a bit to half-baked. I don't want to see HP trying to compete. I want to see HP kicking ace and taking names.

What I really want, is for us to shoot to surpass Apple and Samsung. Sure we might not actually beat them but the products created in such an effort would be outstanding.

Good stuff. But does HP's track record prove any form of steady stream of updates to Android versions? If you adopt the policy of Sell n Forget, we will forget you equally fast.

The HP logo on the front is a show stopper as it is taking too much space.

I read somewhere that it has Dual 3G Sim. Very nice. If no 4G or LTE again a show stopper

4G seems to be available in very few cities in India according to Wikipedia, so I doubt it's a show-stopper for the people there who'll get a chance to buy these models.

Romero said,
4G seems to be available in very few cities in India according to Wikipedia, so I doubt it's a show-stopper for the people there who'll get a chance to buy these models.

Why not? People from other part of the world where the GSM or 3G bands happen to be same as in India, can buy it from India and use it in their country.

This way HP is keeping the cost down to not include 4G/LTE module but then also limiting themselves to Indian market (But given the size of the market, limit is a bad word!)

All I am saying is, give choice of more advanced version too.

wrack said,

All I am saying is, give choice of more advanced version too.
Why assume they won't? These are their first products on re-entry into the market, and obviously if and when they decide to enter other markets they'll tailor their offerings in terms of hardware accordingly. There's no reason these particular models can't be solely restricted to India or similar countries and their lack of 4G not be a show-stopper there (yet). Also with expanded 4G availability I'm sure they'll look to offer better models in India too, if they manage to survive and thrive of course.

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