HTC reportedly working on two Windows RT tablets


HTC is a close Microsoft partner in the smartphone market, and now the two may be working on tablets together.

Yesterday it was reported that Nokia is working on a Windows RT tablet, and now it appears another company known for its smartphones may be joining in on the Windows RT tablet game.

According to a new report by Bloomberg, HTC is preparing two tablets that will run on Microsoft's ARM version of Windows – a 12-inch tablet as well as a 7-inch tablet that will be able to make phone calls. If the report is true, HTC would likely be the first company to release a Windows tablet with a screen smaller than 10 inches, and it would also have the first Windows tablet that could double as a phone. The 12-inch tablet, conversely, would be one of the larger Windows RT devices on the market.

The Bloomberg report cites "a person familiar with [HTC's] plans" and said that source indicated the tablets would be released in the third quarter next year. The tablets would reportedly run on Qualcomm's chips. HTC had previously considered an Intel-powered Windows 8 tablet, although it scrapped those plans when it determined the price would be too high, Bloomberg's report states.

Representatives from both HTC and Microsoft declined to comment on Bloomberg's report.

HTC is increasingly becoming a major partner for Microsoft, as the company appears to be placing a major emphasis on Windows Phone devices after seeing its Android smartphone sales dwindle. Despite the increasing closeness of the companies, Bloomberg reported earlier this month that HTC scrapped plans to make a large-screen Windows Phone 8 handset because of Microsoft's current guidelines.

Few Windows RT devices are currently available because of restrictions Microsoft imposed that only allowed six companies to manufacture tablets that would run its ARM-powered operating system. Those restrictions are said to end in January, which should result in a substantial increase in the amount of Windows RT devices on the market.

Source: Bloomberg | Image via HTC

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And then wonder why sales are poor and how they company isn't doing well. They need to focus on producing way less products so they invest more time perfecting each of them. People don't want their rushed junk thats constantly pumped out.

I think HTC has realized the error they made before with their scatter-brained roll-out of Android devices. I don't think they'll make that mistake again. Then again, HTC is competing with Nokia to become the Samsung of Windows Phones. Yesterday we hear that Nokia has a deliberate strategy to slowly roll out the 920 and HTC could benefit from that. I think it will be in HTC and Nokia's best interest if they stick to a one or two year device launch time table.

NPGMBR said,
I think HTC has realized the error they made before with their scatter-brained roll-out of Android devices. I don't think they'll make that mistake again. Then again, HTC is competing with Nokia to become the Samsung of Windows Phones. Yesterday we hear that Nokia has a deliberate strategy to slowly roll out the 920 and HTC could benefit from that. I think it will be in HTC and Nokia's best interest if they stick to a one or two year device launch time table.

Thanks to Nokia's amazingly slow rollout of their lumia's in many countries (like mine, 10th of January -.-) im sure they're losing allot of clients in my country alone already.
Worst is, Holland used to be pretty much Nokia only with cell phones. I knew very few people that did not have Nokia's back in the day.
And now they're treating us like some 3rd world country. I'm still doubting to cancel my contract and just go with HTC, since the HTC has been released already. And the only reason why i'm waiting.... is NONE.

I agree with all of you but if HTC releases several devices at least that will encourage competition and give us better hardware and prices. Lets just ignore HTC and buy the better product from their competitors.

HTC are waiting for the Windows 'Blue' update, that will align all the O/S's much more closely, creating much deeper synergy between the Phone, Tablet & PC. A very clever strategy by Microsoft, which should give the consumers another interesting reason to own a Windows Device.

.Neo said,
I thougt they weren't allowed to by Microsoft?

They were shafted by MS because they thought HTC wasn't up to it. Now MS has come crawling back...

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