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HTC may release a Windows RT tablet in 2013

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HTC may release a Windows RT tablet in 2013
HTC doesn't have a great history with tablets, but that doesn't seem to be dissuading the company from trying. The company's JetStream and Flyer tablets weren't very successful, but we know that the company is going to try again with an Android tablet that looks like an iMac, and could be the first out of the gate running a Tegra 4. It looks like HTC could also be planning to get into the Windows tablet space with an RT tablet in 2013.

This is in direct contradiction to the company's claims that it was giving up on the US tablet market, but we're pretty happy to see HTC trying again. We like their design aesthetic, we're just not the biggest fans of Sense. Luckily, HTC won't be allowed to put sense on a Windows tablet. Unfortunately, it is rumored to be a Windows RT tablet, not Windows 8. Apparently, the company had considered Windows 8, but decided against it because it didn't want to launch a device in the $1,000 price range. 

HTC is said to be working on two tablets, a 7" and a 12", both running on Qualcomm processors. We've seen 12" Windows tablets before, but the surprise is the 7" tablet, which supposedly will have the ability to make phone calls. The last we had heard was that Windows RT isn't designed to run on 7" tablets, but that the upcoming Windows Blue update could fix that. That Windows Blue update is said to be released mid-year, and the HTC tablets are reportedly slated for Q3 2013. 

source: Bloomberg via The Verge

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posted on 20 Dec 2012, 21:08 7

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1344; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


If htc would make them cheaper.. the HTC flyer and jetstream WAY over priced and sell for almost nothing now. Make a 10in RT wp8 table for 199-300 and It will make some cash.. make it like the surface and .. well...

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 21:44 4

2. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3881; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


7 inch Windows tablet? Maybe the rumored Xbox gaming tablet? That would be glorious.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 21:48 1

3. joeymk (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


I would love Windows 8 tablet for 199$

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 22:37 1

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2650; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Windows RT for $199 is possible. Windows 8, no way

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 00:39

5. jove39 (Posts: 1249; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


If Intel/AMD could make low priced x86 or x64 based soc then why not?

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 10:31 1

7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2650; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Because a $199 Windows 8 tablet would kill the market for RT, and Microsoft wouldn't allow that.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 04:12

6. wp7tribes (Posts: 52; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


voting yes for 7 inch windows tablet i would get one

posted on 24 Dec 2012, 08:26

8. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1018; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I do indeed hope that Windows RT will be enabled to be put on a 7 inch tablet. Folks as you know the Windows R t OS arms cpu tablets only run Apps that are designed for touch screens that are in it's software's store. The Ipad's and the Android tablets do the same
exact thing they only run touch screen enabled apps in their store. it will take time for developers to write a lot of Apps for the Windows RT ARMS tablets. Microsoft has
committed itself to support it's "Surface RT OS" Tablets for 4 years. that's Plenty of time for the Windows RT OS tablets to get a huge Portfolio of Apps that can be used on Windows RT OS tablets madfe by microsoft and it's OEM partners.

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