The world's leading PC maker HP is already a player in the Android tablet segment, although with limited success. Now, HP is reportedly planning to return to the smartphone space with two new large-screen smartphones, or phablets, which is a fast-growing category.
TheInformation reports that the company plans to release new six- and seven-inch phones by the end of the year. These phones will be targeted at markets such as India, China, and the Philippines. They will be sold off-contract for a price somewhere between $200 and $250. With the year end mere a week away, we wonder if HP plans to announce the phablets later this week.
HP's first Android device – Slate 7
HP’s last two smartphone efforts – its iPaq devices and Palm devices, the handset maker it acquired in 2010 – weren't exactly successes, but that hasn't stopped the rumour mills from talking about an Android phone. Speculation was quashed when CEO Meg Whitman denied the possibility of HP phones in 2013. However, the new reports claim otherwise. This shouldn’t be surprising as we’ve already seen the HP Slate 7 running Android OS this year as well as an Android-powered notebook. So HP is no stranger to Android.
The company had unveiled a slew of devices in India earlier this year. The devices were a mix of tablets, hybrids and AIOs running on Windows 8 and Android operating systems. We were told that the Slate 7 has been included in HP roadmap for India and will be reaching the Indian audiences very soon. However, there has been no-show so far.