HP lines up GITEX show stoppers

Phablets, hybrids, mobile-friendly printers on standby for regional consumer tech fair

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HP lines up GITEX show stoppers The 6-inch diagonal HP Slate 6 VoiceTab is being billed as a ‘Voice Tablet’.
By  Stephen McBride Published  April 14, 2014

HP Middle East today announced its fresh product portfolio in preparation for GITEX Shopper Spring 2014, including a phablet, a convertible Windows 8 touch screen laptop and a number of printers that introduce native mobile printing.

The 6-inch diagonal HP Slate 6 VoiceTab is being billed as a "Voice Tablet". While its screen size places it in the phablet category, HP was keen to stress the tablet-like aspects of the 3G device.

Front-firing stereo speakers for enhanced sound and an IPS Panel for wide viewing angles are two such features. The device also comes with an HD camera front and rear for photos and video chats and a micro SD card slot allows up to 32GB of storage. Users also have access to HP Connected Photo, which enables them to sync photos across various devices through the cloud.

But the device weighs just 160 grams, and is slim enough to fit in pocket, albeit a generously sized one, a feature that helps force the handset into the mid-range phablet category.

"Customers have told us they want a single device that is designed to work and play the way they do, at an affordable price," said Mathew Thomas, general manager, Printing and Personal Systems, HP Middle East.

"In our commitment to provide best in class, products and services, we are launching exciting products that meet our customer's needs."

HP Slate6 VoiceTab will be available exclusively at Sharaf DG in the UAE by the end of this month for a starting price of AED 1,099.

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