Every technology company out there is trying to get a taste of the mobile devices market. HP is synonymous with the PC industry yet they are reviving their efforts for phone capable Android tablets, when PC sales are declining alarmingly.
According to The Information, the PC maker is just weeks away from launching their 6 and 7 inch tablets which also has call facility. These tablets will be targeted at emerging markets such as China and India. Given the target region, HP should choose to price the devices not more that $250 off contract.
The new tablet designs are based on previous works by contract manufacturers Quanta and Pegatron. This an attempt to test the markets before HP goes full fledged with original devices. Consumers in these markets like China and India prefer voice calling on tablets and HP has taken a right decision to include that feature.
There is no official word on this from HP, but we can assume that HP is feeling the pressure to move to Android Mobile devices from PC, laptops and printers. HP Senior Director Yam Su Yin said that the company was working on a unique smartphone and stated that “HP has to be in the game.” HP’s previous efforts include webOS which was got acquired by LG last February and the Korean manufacturer is using the OS to power some of its smart televisions.
CES and MWC are the events where most of the new device launches happen and we might see HP unveiling its mobile devices during these events in a couple of months.