Phone? Tablet? No, they're both

Mobile World Congress

HP was on hand at Mobile World Congress today in Barcelona to show off its new Android smartphones, the Slate Voicetabs. We got a look at both the 6-inch and 7-inch versions that are most definitely part tablet, part smartphone. Both have earpieces, large displays and make phone calls.

Neither are particularly groundbreaking. The Slate 7 has a 1200x800 resolution display while the Slate 6 has a slightly better 720p panel. Both contain 1.2GHz quad-core CPU's, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. HP says KitKat will be pushed out to both, but didn't say how soon.

So they're definitely not top-tier devices, but from a visual perspective they don't look all that bad. The software is basically completely untouched Android with a couple of HP apps, and there is a pretty bold choice of colors for the rear including a vivid pink or lime green option.

Check out the video up top for a quick first look.

 

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Quick look: The HP Slate 6 and Slate 7 Voicetabs

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I would just like to say Kevin is awesome.

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Yes, yes he is.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

I like the idea of these. But, it remains to be seen, If the execution is there. At the right price point, HP could have a hit on its hands. I definitely do like the designs, but I wish the screens were better.

Just my opinion.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

The annoying aspect of the HTC tablet just presented in the video are the capacitive buttons on the bottom that would be on the (presumably right) side when viewed horizontally. The Nexus 7 method of on screen buttons that present themselves according to viewing positions is the only acceptable method for me.

"The Slate 7 has a 1200x800 resolution display while the Slate 6 has a slightly better 720p panel."
How is 1280x720 better than 1200x800? Better ratio, sure, but 1200x800 has more pixels. Dunno man, that sentence just sounds weird :P