Earlier today HP revealed their own take on the quickly growing Phablet segment, with the mid-range HP Slate 6 VoiceTab. The term VoiceTab is actually a pretty interesting take on this segment of larger hybrid phone/tablet devices – it’s HP’s point is that yes, it’s a tablet, but yes, you can also use your voice and talk to people with it. Nicole gets a first chance to get hands on with one of today’s more aggressively priced Phablet devices at MWC 2014.
The HP Slate 6 VoiceTab, as the name suggests, is 6” device that sports a 720p resolution HD display. It’s powered by a Marvell quad core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, with a MicroSD slot for easy expansion. The rear camera is a 5MP with a 2MP on the front.
The device is aimed at the mid-range Phablet segment and is aggressively priced at €249, currently available in India for around 23,000 Rupees. Nicole had a chance to get hands on earlier today, and although the device is not competing with high-end devices that offer a superior spec overall, think Xperia Z Ultra, Galaxy Note 3, the overriding impression from the hands on is that the device lacks any serious polish.
One example worth noting is that the Marvell processor, while it may well be a quad-core chip, it doesn’t seem to be optimized for Android in the way that we’ve seen with Snapdragon and Tegra and others. In the video you can clearly see the device is displaying some lag. The 5MP camera and HD resolution screen also tends to place an excessive performance load on the processor which you can see in the video, fails to keep pace with the actual sensor on the phone.
The HP Slate 6 VoiceTab is an interesting example of where the Phablet market is headed in terms of price point, but it may struggle to impress with some stiff competition from Samsung, Sony and others.