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HTC reportedly working on 7-inch and 12-inch Windows RT tablets

by Mark Tyson on 21 December 2012, 14:52

Tags: HTC (TPE:2498), Windows 8

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Following in the slipstream of this week’s Nokia Lumia Tab rumours it seems HTC are also preparing Windows RT based tablets for launch next year. Speaking to financial news agency Bloomberg “people familiar with the matter” said that HTC are working on both 7-inch and 12-inch screened Windows RT based tablets. Furthermore the 7-inch HTC tablet will be able to make phone calls “according to a person familiar with the company’s plans”.

This is the first Windows RT tablet we have heard of sporting a screen that is less than 10-inches. This smaller size of tablet has proved popular with consumers who find the size to offer a good balance between portability and screen real-estate. Also as an added bonus smaller devices usually work out cheaper to produce/buy.

HTC designer thinking about a tablet? Yes, it's bigger than a phone...

Bloomberg says that the new tablets from HTC are “tentatively scheduled for release in the third quarter and would run on chips from Qualcomm Inc.” The source added however, that production schedules are yet to be finalised.

HTC’s Intel based Windows 8 tablet plans scrapped

HEXUS readers seem to be more interested in Windows 8 Pro tablets running on x86 compatible processors but Bloomberg sources say that HTC has scrapped such plans “because the company determined it would have to charge too much - around $1,000 - for the device”. This year HTC never made any Windows RT devices ready for the Windows 8 launch date as it was turned down for participation in the first round of device making partnerships. Microsoft and HTC have grown closer since that time, due to their close partnership working on Windows Phone 8 smartphones. As you may well know, HTC’s 8X smartphone was chosen as the WP8 flagship device by Microsoft.

Good buddies

These are interesting reports from Bloomberg but Q3 2013 is a long way away. Nokia’s first WinRT tablet efforts are rumoured to be unveiled in February 2013.



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So I was in John Lewis last night, been all middle class, discussing how much better the good old days where and all the other things your average John Lewis customer does.

What do I see?

Two kids fighting to play on the surface RT, not the iPads or the Andriod ones.

Normally its a case of everyone on the iPads and ignoring the Andriod devices, sadly some children think an Andriod tablet is the 21st century version of a lump of coal.
Tablet OSes - who cares so long as it runs angry birds.... :)
Interesting news from HTC.. I like the look and feel of the HTC WP8 devices, so I hope they are going to carry the same type of design over.
Hmm, but the Q3 2013 release? I can't help feeling the Windows Phone 8/Windows 8 manufacturers are risking missing the boat again?
TheAnimus
So I was in John Lewis last night, been all middle class, discussing how much better the good old days where and all the other things your average John Lewis customer does.

What do I see?

Two kids fighting to play on the surface RT, not the iPads or the Andriod ones.

Normally its a case of everyone on the iPads and ignoring the Andriod devices, sadly some children think an Andriod tablet is the 21st century version of a lump of coal.


seems like a bizzare situation, what the hell is there to play on besides swiping the screen about? Kids are crazy though so i suppose its a pointless question.

When i have been in techy stores around christmas, a lot of the focus (aside from iPad) has been around the Amazon tablets. People seem to be able to digest android easier when its been coated with Amazons own skin and name. Personally i think its complete wank in comparison to stock.

Only people i know with Surface tablets are on hexus... infact i think you are the single only person in the world who i have any remote connection to that owns one and i know and spend time with a LOT of geeks.
Biscuit
seems like a bizzare situation, what the hell is there to play on besides swiping the screen about? Kids are crazy though so i suppose its a pointless question.
It's because it looks differen't. What do people use tablets for anyway? Angry birds, posting crap on facebook, surfing the web where you never ever need to write anything, looking like a dickhead in startbucks.

However I don't think those kids will convert in to sales. But it was interesting to see.