Bloomberg that HTC is currently working on multiple Windows tablet to take on Apple in 2013. The Taiwanese manufacturer is said to have been working on two devices: a 12-inch tablet, and a 7-inch version which will be able to make phone calls. Both of the devices is expected to use Windows RT and run using a processor chip supplied by Qualcomm. HTC is also reportedly considered producing a Windows 8 devices, but decided that it would be too costly with the reported quotes of a price around $1000. HTC decide to scrap the Windows 8 plan in favour of an RT-only tablet for the time being.
One news leaked yesterday claimed that Microsoft’s Steve Balmer was in a meeting with HTC CEO Peter to discuss about their future Windows Phone plans although it can’t be confirmed whether Windows RT tablets were part of the conversation but it’s very clear that HTC has been exploring the possibility of entering the tablet market for some time. In September, it was reported that HTC was preparing itself to launch a Windows 8 tablet along with a Qualcomm processor with the company’s chief product officer Kouji Kodera confirmed that HTC was interested in the market segment, and had put together multiple product concepts trying to create the devices that match the consumer needs.
With the introduction of a 7-inch Windows RT tablet certainly give Microsoft a device that could directly compete with the Google Nexus 7, Apple iPad Mini and Amazon’sKindle Fire. It is remain to be seen whether Windows RT will have matured enough to compete directly against iOS and Android devices it that form factor. These HTC devices is expected to be launch in the third quarter of 2013 and this could be the best way to establish HTC among the elite in the tablet industry.