If the recent exposé of the high-end Pro Slate 8 wasn’t enough to prove HP is gradually becoming serious about its Android prospects, newly harvested information on a Slate 6 VoiceTab Plus and Pro Slate 12 should once and for all clarify the PC maker’s growing mobile ambitions.
Of course, we mean “mobile” in the general sense, since the Pro Slate 12 is hardly the most travel-friendly Android around. But it is fitted with a touchscreen, a large 12.5 incher boasting 1,600 x 1,200 pixels resolution, and, presumably, no physical keyboard.
The mammoth tablet does pack quite a punch, thanks to the same quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 SoC that juices up the Pro Slate 8, and 2 GB RAM will be in charge of smooth multitasking. For such a huge device, the HP Pro Slate 12 sure features above-par cameras (8 and 2 MP respectively), and given we’re nearing the fall of 2014, it’s no surprise Android 4.4.2 KitKat is pre-loaded to take care of the software business.
As the name makes it crystal clear, the Slate 6 VoiceTab Plus is an entirely different kettle of fish from at least two standpoints. The spec sheet includes voice call support and the tablet is a lot easier to hold and maneuver, with a 5.9-inch 720p display.
The benchmark-revealed moniker also suggests we’re looking at an advanced version of the six-month-old Slate 6 Voice Tab, and the biggest changes are the adoption of a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor in lieu of a Marvell, and the rear camera’s upgrade from 5 to 8 megapixels.
The S400 presence may signal 4G LTE connectivity is this time around on deck, which in turn could hint at wider availability in richer markets, US included. That’s more like it, HP.