HP could launch new Android phones before the end of 2013

by: Shawn IngramDecember 23, 2013

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HP is reportedly working on some new smartphones for the end of this year, though they might not be the phones we’d hope for.

According to The Information HP is working on some low-end Android phones for emerging markets like China, India, and the Philippines by the end of this year. The phones will probably be 6-inch and 7-inch devices that will cost about $200 to $250 without a contract. At those prices in those markets, the new HP phones would be strictly low-end, though it’s hard to imagine them being as great as the low-end Moto G.

Rumors about HP making smartphones aren’t exactly new. Neither is the idea of the company making Android devices. HP released the Slate 7 Android tablet earlier this year, which is also a relatively cheap device. More Android tablets are on the way, though HP has never publicly made any announcement about smartphones, only talking about them as “long term” prospects.

The current rumors don’t give HP much time to announce the new smartphones. There’s only eight days left of 2013 in which to announce the devices if the rumor is true. If HP doesn’t announce the phones within the next week, however, there is always a chance for a 2014 announcement of the phones. Even if an announcement is made in the next few days, a 2014 shipping date would seem likely.

The last smartphone HP ever released was the HP Veer back in 2011. That phone was the last WebOS smartphone released, though the company also had the Pre 3 ready to go and was working on an all-touchscreen WebOS device. It’s not clear if any of the former Palm design team is left at HP, or if they worked on these rumored devices. It’s nice to dream about a Palm Pre-inspired Android phone, however unlikely it may seem.

Are you excited to see what phones HP may or may not release in the next week or so?

  • AndroidBoss

    They better not.

  • I lost faith in HP…

  • SimonReidy

    I don’t think it’s physically possible to be excited about anything HP has to announce.

    • Shark Bait

      Why not, a PC giant trying to secure a future with android, that’s interesting if not exciting. They have the resources to do something special, bit I don’t think this is it !

  • Carlos Poblano

    How bout no…maybe 4.7 – 5.1

  • MasterMuffin

    7″ phone wait what?

    • Luka Mlinar

      lol yea i was thinking the same thing :D

    • renz

      Isnt that what Asus been doing with their fonepad 7?

      • MasterMuffin

        Fonepad is a tablet :)

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      It’s soo 2015.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Budget phones are a dime a dozen. Motorola is the only one who was able to put a Snapdragon 400 in a budget phone. I want to see everyone else do that.
    BTW it doesn’t need to be 170$. 200-250$ would be just fine.

    • Jayfeather787

      Used Nexus 4 as well. Even though it is not new, still a great phone for about 200 bucks used.

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        If I could only get a brand new 16GB N4 for $200-230 that would be great.

        • Froggy

          Has anyone take the time to look and review the Haier W910? It seats between the GS2 and GS3, for $130. My family got 2 and those are just fantastic phones. how could you guys miss it?

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            Fuck off with your spam.

      • Luka Mlinar

        I wish people would stop saying the N4 cost 200 bucks. That’s not the price of the phone. They had a ton stored that they wanted to get rid off so they could release the N5. It’s like stating a sale price as the default product price.

  • Groud Frank

    I refuse to get excited about any entry level device that does not best the Moto G. Google, Xiaomi, Cyanoden Inc with OnePlus and Google again through Motorola have either shown or will show that affordable doesn’t mean you get a subpart phone and a subpart experience.

  • Rick Jacobs

    So they release a cheap phone…like their printers and then it will cost you a fortune to use…like their ink.

  • Data

    They are just too late to enter the smartphone game. In the developed world they will face fierce competition from mainly Samsung, Apple & MS and in the developing world from dozens of small Android OEMs offering rather good specs for $150.

  • ryq24

    The cellphone market is too crowded already and hp will have no chance competing in the low end market as this is dominated by cheap chinese and indian made phones already. Even acer and asus are struggling in this market. The only winners here will be the consumers who will have more choices at competitve prices.

    • apianist16

      Capitalism for the win!

  • derthyna meyshine

    Wanna see what hp can bring,..

  • oscar garcia

    lets just wait for the firesale 1 dollar off contract