HP may be looking to re-enter the smartphone market in the near future. In fact, according to The Information, the company may launch its first mobile device in the next few days, starting with such emerging markets as India, China, and the Philippines.
The report goes on suggesting that HP wants to launch phablets that have 6- and 7-inch screens, selling them unlocked for $200-$250.
As I’m writing this we have no idea whether HP also plans to offer its mobile devices in the West. Its recent track record is everything but impressive with Slate 7 failing to impress anyone. Sure, it’s an entry-level tablet but even in its own niche it’s hardly a device anyone would want to buy. Simply put – it’s overpriced.
HP has resources to enter the smartphone race, but it would be better off acquiring or merging with some “proven” handset maker like HTC or some of the fast-growing Chinese vendors such as Oppo, Meizu or Xiaomi. Then again, the company’s experience with Palm may prevent it from pursuing such deals. We’ll see where this goes…