Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday January 15, 2014.
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Welcome to 2014, a year where webOS is on TV and HP is making smartphones again - only it's now making Android "voice tablets" (tablets that make phone calls) instead of webOS. HP signaled back in 2012 that it would eventually return to the smartphone business, and the company has finally made good on that with the HP Slate 6 VoiceTab and the HP Slate 7 VoiceTab. Both devices are the same except for differences in screen size; the Slate 6 has a 6-inch display and the Slate 7 has a 7-inch display.
Aside from the differences in screen size, both Slates are identical. Both have 720p resolutions on IPS displays with front-facing stereo speakers. They both have quad-core processors (HP doesn't specify model or maker), 16GB of internal storage, a 32GB microSD slot, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front camera. HP will run a customized version of Android 4.2 to power the devices.
HP calls the Slate 6 and Slate 7 "voice tablets" because they are capable of placing phone calls. The 3G Dual SIm slots will keep potential buyers able to have a work and personal line operate on the same device. Details are so far light from HP, but the company has so far confirmed that these devices will launch exclusively in India next month. Details about price and release dates have not been announced.source: HP, via: Recode
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.