Late To The Party, HP To Finally Make Serious Effort In Tablets And Smartphones
The company will purportedly reveal new 6" and 7" phablets early next year, and while they'll primarily be aimed at emerging markets, there will no doubt be clamoring for these back in the U.S. The gist of it is pretty simple: emerging markets may be yearning for phones and tablets, so why not combine the two and add a voice radio for good measure? A 6" phone may have seemed outlandish a few years ago, but now, with items like the Samsung Galaxy Mega already making the rounds, it's not so far-fetched.
Wilder still, the phablets may hit the market at under $250 off-contract, which leads us to believe that they could be specced similarly to the Google Nexus 7. It's unclear whether or not this is just the start of a new push for HP to re-join the smartphone world or simply a push to be a player specifically in emerging markets, but hopefully we'll learn more at CES approaches.