Bloomberg: HTC Planning Windows RT TabletsDecember 21, 2012 2 Comments
Bloomberg is reporting that HTC will be joining the Windows RT tablet game in 2013. The report states that HTC is working on two tablets, a 7inch and a 12inch that will go head to head versus Apple’s iPad. The tablets supposedly also will be built to make phone calls.
HTC had tablets planned running a full version of Windows 8 earlier this year but supposedly scratched the idea once the price of said tablets reached the $1,000 mark for consumers.
It will be very interesting to see what HTC comes up with as I think the company would be
HTC, excluded earlier this year from the first batch of Windows tablets, is working on a 12-inch device and a 7-inch version that can also make phone calls, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans, who declined to be identified as the information isn’t yet public.
Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer is racing to get more Windows-based tablets into stores, making up for delays that have made it harder to catch Apple, Google and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) in a market projected by researcher NPD to almost double to $123.5 billion in 2015. Microsoft will end the year with a 2.9 percent share, compared with Apple’s majority and Google’s more than 40 percent, according to IDC.
HTC’s products, to debut in 2013, will be based on the Windows RT version of Microsoft’s operating system, designed for machines with chips using technology from ARM Holdings Plc (ARM), according to a person familiar with the plans. Delays in those machines, as well as another version running on Intel Corp. (INTC)’s chips, have meant Microsoft has few Windows devices capable of challenging Apple’s iPad.