HP to launch 'voice tablets' in India
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Hewlett-Packard announced Wednesday it was launching a line of "voice tablets," or outsized smartphones, for consumers in India.
The devices will be the first smartphones from the US computer giant since it stopped production of Palm devices in 2011.
The California firm said in a statement it would market a six-inch and seven-inch screen HP Slate VoiceTab, which use the Android operating system, "designed to help the next generation of mobile customers multitask on the go." The move brings HP, which sells Slate tablets in the United States and elsewhere, into the growing market for "phablets," which are devices which offer some features of both a smartphone and tablet.
Samsung, LG, Huawei and others are competing in phablets, which are generally considered smartphones with screens bigger than five inches, measured diagonally.