by February 13, 2014 0 comments

Hewlett Packard (HP) has entered the highly competitive smartphone and tablet space in India with its Slate 6 smartphone and Slate 7 tablet which hits shelves from tomorrow onwards priced at Rs 16,990 and Rs 22,999 respectively.

Looking at how the PC market has dwindled over the past couple of years, it makes perfect sense for the company to look at different alternatives to make money but is smartphone and tablet space really their forte.. is something only time will tell. The devices have been made keeping the Indian market in mind and the inclusion of dual-Slim slot and voice calling ( on the Slate 7) clearly highlight the company’s strategy. Just like Nokia’s Asha 501, HP has used India as its platform to globally launch these Slate devices.

Slate 6 VoiceTab is more of a phablet in nature and comes with a HD display, running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, 1.2 GHz quad-core Marvell CPU which is a refreshing change from the Mediatek’s and the Qualcomm’s with 1 GB RAM. 5 MP rear and 2 MP front cameras make it relevant to the social-active smartphone users these days and all this is backed by a 3000 mAh battery. Slate 6 VoiceTab comes at Rs 22,999.

Moving over to the Slate 7 VoiceTab, this one joins the tablet ranks alongside Micromax, Xolo, Samsung and Asus among others. The similarities between Slate 6 and 7 are quite a few, excluding bigger display which makes it heavier and bigger battery unit of 4100 mAh to support the sizing. This one will be available for Rs 16,990.

For a company entering the market, HP needed to reign in with its pricing strategy and it remains to be seen whether the company’s goodwill in the PC market stands them in good stead with consumers for the Slate devices.

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