After reportedly dumping plans for making a Windows Phone smartphone with a big display, HTC is said to be manufacturing two Windows 8 tablets, according to Bloomberg. The report comes days after reports emerged that Nokia is also planning a Windows 8 tablet of its own. According to the report, HTC is planning to launch two tablets – a 12-inch one and another 7-inch tablet that can also make calls and will launch them in the third quarter of 2013. Also Read - Apple Music Lossless, Spatial Audio features with Dolby Atmos coming soon to India
The tablets are supposed to be running on Qualcomm’s chips, which means they would run a limited version of Windows 8 called Windows RT. HTC won’t be making an Intel-based Windows tablet as it would retail at upwards of $1,000, which it feels would be difficult to sell. The 7-inch tablet, Microsoft and HTC hope, would compete with the likes of the Apple Mini and Asus Nexus 7. Also Read - Realme Book, Realme Pad teased, will launch later this year: Details here
This is a big departure for Microsoft, which closely controlled which OEMs could make devices running on Windows RT. The Redmond-based software giant had snubbed HTC in the first wave. However, delays in product launches and a less than stellar performance for Microsoft’s own Surface tablet might have forced the company to open up to other vendors too. Also Read - Truecaller on Android can now clean up your SMS inbox spam with one tap
If both Nokia and HTC indeed make Windows tablets, it would be interesting to see how they compete with traditional PC vendors, especially when their core smartphone business is down in the dumps.