HP has been aiming low ever since (tardily) joining the Android party, with modestly specced, low-priced slates, and the company’s first smartphone efforts in almost three years are no different.

hp slate6 Phones? What phones? HP unveils Slate 6 Voice Tab and Slate 7 Voice Tab for India

In fact, the Slate 6 Voice Tab and Slate 7 Voice Tab are not even regarded as actual phones by their makers, being instead promoted as “more than tablets, smarter than phones”. If only that was true. At least to a certain extent.

But it’s not. Not by a mile. And HP knows it, so for starters the voice-enabled phablet tablet duo will be rolled out in India, with some sort of spread eyed further down the road provided the Voice Tabs catch on.

Oddly, the press release announcing the two’s intro is the textbook definition of vague, supplying but a few specifics: a February ETA for India, dual SIM and 3G support, as well as the featuring of HD front and rear cameras. You just described every budget-conscious gizmo up for grabs in Asia, HP.

hp slate6 2 Phones? What phones? HP unveils Slate 6 Voice Tab and Slate 7 Voice Tab for India

Relying on the word of Arik Hesseldahl of Recode, who claims to have gotten his scoop straight from HP officials and insiders, the don’t-call-them-smartphones Slates are to run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out the box and pack quad-core juice courtesy of mysterious CPUs from Qualcommm, Nvidia or MediaTek.

Grrr, more ambiguity? That was the last time, I swear, as the rest of the features are out and straightforwardly so: 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution on the Slate 6, 1,280 x 800 for the 7-incher, 5 MP and 2 MP cams, 16 GB built-in storage and microSD card slots. Oh, and a sub-9 mm wasp waist for the Slate 6 Voice Tab. Also, roughly 9.5 mm in thickness for big bro.

Pricing? No idea. Ah, darn it, and I promised there would be no more ambiguity and uncertainty. Well, blame HP, not me, will you?

Sources: HP, Recode