These are not exactly the best of times for Hewlett-Packard. Last week, it announced plans to cut as many as 16,000 more jobs in a major ramp-up of CEO Meg Whitman’s years-long effort to turn around the PC maker and relieve pressure on its profit margins. The Silicon Valley company is trying to reduce its reliance on PCs and move toward computing equipment and networking gear for enterprises, part of Whitman’s effort to curtail revenue declines and return the firm to growth. It is also moving aggressively into the fast evolving mobile
devices space comprising ultrabooks, tablets and convertibles.
But one thing is for sure, the American tech major is not struggling with innovation. For evidence, it has come up with two new devices—the HP Pavilion x360 laptop and HP Slate VoiceTab—which will appeal to anyone who wants performance and style.
The HP Slate VoiceTab is a slim and light tablet with voice calling capability, powered by a quad-core processor running on Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean) operating system and offers 3G connectivity with dual SIM convenience. It has a 7 inch high definition IPS display and comes with power-packed entertainment features such as dual front firing stereo speakers, front and rear HD cameras. The VoiceTab has 16 GB built in storage expandable to 32 GB via microSD card. What’s more, it is a fairly low cost phone-tablet hybrid with a price tag of Rs 16,990.
Once in the hand, the Slate 7 VoiceTab feels robust despite its plastic body. It is fairly light and reasonably compact for a 7-inch tablet. It has a removable backplate, which hides a microSD slot and dual SIM slots—one micro and one full-size. These SIM slots let the HP Slate 7 Voicetab act like a big phone. To be honest, to make or receive a call from such a big device will seem a bit awkward, therefore I will suggest to those who do want to make calls from this machine, to go in for the Bluetooth headset.
The Slate 7 VoiceTab comes with a range of exciting and useful applications pre-installed, including:
HP Connected Music for downloading and streaming music, HP Box Storage with free 25 GB cloud storage for documents and files, HP ePrint application to print wirelessly with a HP ePrint enabled printer, HP Connected Photo for managing and storing your photographs, Kingsoft Office to open Office files such as Word and Excel, Skype and WeChat for