HP to ship Android-based ‘VoiceTab’ tablets

HP will be launching their own inexpensive Android-based that has been in the pipeline for past one and half year, targeting the prepaid and emerging markets consisting of Brazil, Russia, India and China. No pricing information has been released for the HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 VoiceTab, though rumours suggested it will retail at only $200 .

As reported by TechCrunch, the devices looks similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note and the BlackBerry Z30, and will be available in two models. A 6-inch device with a 720p display and an 7-inch version has a 1280 x 800 display. The devices are targeted specifically at India t the moment and won’t necessarily be going to North America.

Here’s a quick round up of their specifications:

Android 4.2

Quad core processor

16GB of onboard storage

MicroSD card expandability

As a gadget lover, I am so excited for this and can’t wait to lay my hands on one. It is great that another large player will be coming into the smartphone niche, one which has experienced failure before with the WebOS. Hopefully, they have learned their lessons from that time and the 1.5 years of development effort into making a device good enough to turn things round.

Ultimately though, it may be a suicidal move for HP to wait so long to launch its Android device, given the many cheap Android phones  currently saturating the market. Only a quality device may help save the day (Like what Nokia is trying to do for Windows Phone), though they should be really careful and not make mistakes such as loading bloatware to tarnish their efforts.