HTC reportedly cancels plans for 12-inch Windows RT tablet


Microsoft and HTC are still working together on Windows Phone 8 products, but supposedly not tablets.

In December, rumors hit the Internet that HTC was developing a 12-inch tablet that would run Microsoft's Windows RT operating system and have a display resolution of 2048×1536. HTC never officially confirmed such a product was in the works, but now a new report claims plans to release the tablet have now been canceled.

Bloomberg reports, via unnamed sources, that HTC management felt that there would not be enough demand for such a product and there were also concerns that the tablet would cost too much. When reached for comment, an HTC representative said, "We don’t comment on rumors or speculation."

The same story claims that HTC will still go ahead with its plans for a smaller 7-inch Windows RT tablet that will be released later this year. Previous rumors claimed the tablet will have a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, along with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.

If true, the cancellation of the 12-inch HTC tablet would be yet another blow against Microsoft's Windows RT. Demand for products that run on the OS have been slow and and most of the PC makers that have released Windows RT tablets have cut prices drastically on those devices.

Source: Bloomberg | Image via HTC

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I think RT's place would in tablets in the 10" or less category and at the sub $350 price range.

The thing about RT is that it will get better over time thanks to it picking up all Windows 8 metro improvements and a growing app market. It would seem like such a waste to get rid of it before it even has a chance to improve.

expect that too happen later this year, RT 8.1, new hardware, smaller devices, Office Modern.
I would say that would be a nice device to have all around the price of $300

korupt_one said,
just imagine how RT would be with a full blown modern version of Office with Outlook installed.

It won't be full blown will it? When an app is "Metroed" it always loses most of its functionality.

RT will have its place and MS know that and keep developing and improving it, smaller devices running RT might just be the sweet spot for such an OS but it need better hardware too than these first gen devices. Leave the larger screens to full blown win8.

Don't really care about Windows RT, but it'd be cool as hell to see a scaled up model of the HTC One in a tablet fashion. That thing is pretty sexy.