HP rolls out new phablets in India to re-enter smartphone market

Thursday, 16 January 2014 - 2:44pm IST | Agency: ANI

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has reportedly announced its plans to roll out two new phablet devices in India in a bid to re-enter the smartphone market.

The IT giant has previously released few Android and WebOS-powered tablets but hasn't released a mobile phone since 2009.

According to TechHive, the phablet devices slated for Indian release include the 6- and 7-inch Slate 6 and Slate 7 VoiceTab, which run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and come with 16GB internal storage.

Both devices would hit the shelves in the next month but the price of the phablets hasn't been announced yet.

HP's senior vice president for the consumer PC business, Ron Coughlin said that the devices resonated with India's consumers and that the country had the highest purchase intent.

Other companies already holding share in the established emerging market are Samsung and Nokia, which hover around 15 percent marketshare in India, the report added.

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