HP didn’t have much luck with its smartphones and tablets, particularly the ones it released that were powered by webOS. After that project was shelved, the company didn’t say when it would return to the smartphone game. There have been multiple reports in the past claiming that HP will make a return to the smartphone market, but no one is sure exactly when. A latest report by The Information claims that the company is planning to release multiple phablets with displays as large as 6 and 7 inches that will be geared towards emerging markets.
Price is a major factor in emerging markets, and it is said that HP will competitively price its new phablets so that it can effectively compete in those markets. The devices are reportedly going to be sold off contract between $200 and $250. No word as yet on the design and specifications, it also remains to be seen what mobile operating system HP opts for in its new smartphones. It would be over three years since the company last released the smartphone, it pulled the plug on the previous project back in 2011. Since then, there have only been rumors about HP’s return to the smartphone market, concrete evidence is yet to surface.
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