H-P to reportedly launch cheap phablets/tablets by year's end

|By:, SA News Editor

The Information reports H-P (HPQ) plans to launch mobile devices sporting 6" and 7" displays by year's end. The products are said to support voice calls, be aimed at emerging markets, and carry unsubsidized prices of just $200-$250.

Meg Whitman and other H-P execs have said the IT giant will eventually re-enter the smartphone market, even though skepticism abounds about H-P's ability to make a meaningful dent. The company has already rolled out several Android and Windows tablets.

If/when they arrive, H-P's devices will address a burgeoning market for inexpensive Android phablets and 7" tablets within Asia-Pac. But Samsung and a slew of Chinese companies have a head-start.