June 24, 2007

HP Launches Smartphone in India

Hewlett-Packard Co. launched its first smartphone in India on Thursday and said it plans to offer about half a dozen more models by December.

The world's biggest maker of PCs and printers put the market for smartphones at about 5 percent of the total Indian mobile phone market, which is adding about 6 million subscribers every month.

Smartphones are mobile phones that can used to browse the Internet, run software programmes and store data, among other features.

The smartphones would be priced between $250 to $350 and will be targeted at professionals, Ashish Gupta of Hewlett-Packard India told reporters.

HP also launched a 20-inch-screen notebook and touch screen desktop to target young professionals who use their computers outside of the office and not just for work, which it saw as a growing segment.

The company said it expected to be selling its products through 2,000 retailers in 500 cities across India by the end of March 2008, up from 1,500 retailers in 400 cities as of now.

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