TechHive: HP looks to resuscitate its dying mobile business by heading to India

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Jan 15th 2014, 21:34, by Florence Ion

It's a life lesson anyone can live by: if what you're doing isn't working, try something new. That seems to be the motivation behind HP's latest venture into India.

Re/code reports that HP has announced plans to re-enter the smartphone market with two new phone-tablet hybrids in India, an emerging market where other major phone manufacturers have also taken their business. HP was once a proponent of touchscreen, PDA devices, but lost its steam after buying Palm in 2010. The company hasn't released a mobile phone since 2009 (though it did release a few tablets, including a few Android-powered ones and the WebOS-powered TouchPad).

The two phablet devices coming to India are the 6- and 7-inch Slate 6 and Slate 7 VoiceTab, respectively. The phones run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, feature quad-core processors, and come with 16GB of internal storage, as well as expansion slots. Both devices will be available for purchase next month, though HP hasn't mentioned a price just yet.

If you're exhausted by the idea of more large-sized smartphones, you're justified: according to IDC, devices with larger screens, ranging from 5 to 7 inches, accounted for nearly 23 percent of all smartphone sales. It makes sense for a company like HP, which is looking to gain some footing, to go after the low-hanging fruit.

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