Windows RT Tablet

The development of a new HTC 7” tablet design is underway, as Bloomberg reports, due for launch in next April. HTC has been apparently working on a number of tablet designs with one of them being a 7” one which will also be able to make standard voice calls and the other a bigger 12” tablet. HTC is likely to use Qualcomm chips and Windows RT operating systems in those tablets. Apparently there was a speculation that Windows 8 could be used but the cost factor (around $1000 a unit) forced them to change their decision in favor of Windows RT.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer met HTC CEO Peter Chou some time earlier apparently to discuss the future of HTC’s Windows Phone 8 powered devices. Things are not quite confirmed at this point whether their discussions also involved the Windows RT tablets. What is clear at this time though is that HTC did have plans about tablets for a while. In fact only last September it was reported that HTC was planning a Windows 8 powered tablet and that it was going to use a Qualcomm chip. Kouji Kodera, HTC’s Chief Product Officer at that time mentioned that the company is very interested in this segment of the market and that they are going though several product designs to select the one that they are comfortable to launch with.

Needless to say that a 7” tablet from HTC would certainly give Microsoft a lot of leverage against rival products like Nexus 7, Apple’s iPad Mini and the Kindle Fire. Whether Windows RT will reach adulthood by the time of the launch of that device and will be in effect a powerful alternative to iOS or Android, that’s something worth waiting.

Source: Bloomberg & Image: All Touch Tablet

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