HP may squeeze cheap, big smartphones in by year's end

By on December 26, 2013, 2:15 PM
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It’s no secret that HP is eyeballing a return to the smartphone market. CEO Meg Whitman pointed out last year that the company ultimately had to offer a smartphone for global consumers and if the latest rumor pans out, we could see some new HP handsets hitting the market sooner (much sooner) rather than later.

Sources recently told The Information that HP is planning to launch new 6- and 7-inch smartphones by the end of this year. The budget-minded phones would be sold in emerging markets like China, India and the Philippines for between $200 and $250, we’re told, and will run Android. Given the low price, I wouldn’t expect any serious hardware under the hood and as such, they may ultimately never find their way to the US or other competitive markets.

HP is no stranger to the mobile market. In 2000, Compaq (later acquired by HP) unveiled the iPAQ, a pocket PC / PDA powered by Windows Mobile. It was followed up by several revisions over the years but was eventually phased out.

Years later, HP released multiple products powered by webOS. Unfortunately, the handsets and operating system were unable to compete with the dominant force that is Apple and Samsung, much less smaller manufacturers like HTC, LG and Sony. The whole operation was ultimately discontinued in August 2011.

Considering there is less than a week until we turn the page on the New Year, time is ticking on this rumor.




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1 person liked this | ikesmasher said:

Confused why people are obsessed with smartphones that you cant fit in your pockets.

IAMTHESTIG said:

Depends on the pockets... My cargo pants can comfortably fit a 7" tablet. It can also uncomfortably fit a 10.1" tablet.

treeski treeski said:

Confused why people are obsessed with smartphones that you cant fit in your pockets.

Most women have purses, so that's not an issue, and a lot of men these days carry messenger bags or have big pockets. Considering just how much you can do on these personal devices these days, the extra screen real estate can be pretty great.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Some people are so obsessed with cellphone activities, the phone never leaves their hand.

Guest said:

@cliffordcooley

Yeah, that is bad. But so is spending hours sitting in front of the PC.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guilty as charged!

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