HP may be making a comeback in the smartphone market and this time around it’s going to be running on the Android platform. The company’s last entries into the smartphone market were devices running on webOS which are already discontinued.
Last December it was rumored that HP would be launching a 6 inch and a 7 inch Android device possibly targeting the developing markets. A recent A Bluetooth SIG listing more or less confirms that a 6 inch device is already in the works giving more concrete proof that the company is indeed going to release Android devices.
The listing shows a HP Slate 6 Voice Tab which could be a tablet like device with voice calling capabilities. As the name indicates, it’s going to have a 5 inch display making it more of a phablet than a small tablet.
HP hasn’t made any official announcements regarding this device yet and the company has not presented it at CES 2014. Its recent listing at the Bluetooth SIG certification site may mean that the company will be announcing it soon, or not at all.
It’s also not known which market this device is intended for. It could be making its way to the North American market or it could be sold to developing markets.
Details about the HP Slate 6 Voice Tab are still few however benchmarking site GFXBench says that the device will run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, will use a MarvellPxa1088 quad core processor with Vivante GC1000 GPU, and have a 720p display.
Previous rumors suggest that the company will be launching 6 and 7 inch devices before the end of 2013 however this hasn’t materialized yet. The rumors also suggest that HP will be targeting emerging markets such as China, India, and the Philippines with the phablets. Prices for the said devices will range from $200 to $250 off contract.