Is HP about to do a Beyoncé by launching two new phones by 2014?

Or they could be tablets

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There's a rumour circulating that HP will bust out two large-phone/small-tablets (OK, OK, "phablets") before 2013 is out.

That gives the company just eight days to pull the new handsets out of the bag - and one of those days is Christmas Day.

One handset is set to be a 6-inch phone while the other is a 7-incher, but the devices are apparently set to be reasonably affordable and aimed at "emerging markets" like India, China and the Philippines.

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No word on whether these will be Windows Phone handsets or Android ones, although HP did launch some surprise Android-running Slate7s onto US shelves earlier this month, which could well be a clue.

We've also heard tell of an HP Slate 6 Voice Tab for which some benchmarks leaked earlier this year.

That handset is supposedly running the old-school Android 4.2 and rocking a 1GHz quad-core processor and 720p display - specs that sound about right for the rumoured pricing of these here phones.

The new information comes from the aptly-named The Information, although it cites only "sources" so we can't guarantee their reliability.

That end-of-2013 launch date sounds a bit optimistic to us, but hey. If Beyoncé can do it... yeah, OK, no HP probably can't.

  • Perhaps CES 2014 is a more sensible launch date - check out what else we expect from the Vegas tech-fest

Via The Verge