HTC allegedly preps high-res R7 and R12 Windows RT Blue tablets for Q3 launch

HTC allegedly preps high-res R7 and R12 Windows RT Blue tablets for Q3 launch
We heard way back in December last year that HTC is working on 7" and 12" Windows tablets, then another source confirmed it just a month and change ago, and now we are getting a tip with the specifics. Bear in mind that we have these details from just one source, and they aren't independently confirmed by others so far, thus take them as just an intriguing speculation for now.

It turns out that HTC might issue at least two slates with Microsoft's OS on them, codenamed R7 and R12, in accordance with their respective screen sizes. The "R" in the titles perhaps marks that these are running the new Windows RT Blue edition Microsoft confirmed, but whether there will be "W" tablets with full-blown Win 8, too, is anyone's guess at this point, or whether RT will be rolled into Windows Blue as rumored, for that matter.

The HTC R7 is supposed to be one of the smaller Windows tablets that Win Blue is aiming to introduce, with a 7" Full HD screen, so if the rumor holds true it won't be exactly an answer to cheap Android 7-inchers with that resolution. It will allegedly be powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, so performance should not be an issue, and feature 2 GB of RAM. 

The rest of the specs we were tipped about include 16 GB of internal memory with a microSD slot for expansion, plus a healthy 13 MP autofocus camera on the back. As far as connectivity goes, the smaller Win RT Blue tablet might not include HDMI, DLNA or NFC, says the source, but a version with LTE/HSPA+ connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS will be there.

The larger HTC R12 should be a sight to behold, with the same specs as the R7, but an alleged 12" 2048×1536 pixels screen panel, and eventually more connectivity options.

Exact dimensions, battery capacities, as well as the suggested retail prices for the HTC R7 and R12 aren't present, but October 13 is listed as the tentative launch date, which would jibe with the Windows Blue release timeframe, and the onslaught of various slates running it, including Microsoft's own Surface line, that will hit in time for the holiday shopping craze.

Thanks for the tip!

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22 Comments

1. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

surprise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Now I don't know why HTC is wasting there money a windows tablet, a `windows` `tablet` cause I'm pretty sure it won't make a boost for HTC but I only say that cause they made an android tablet the HTC flyer and wasn't successful at all and now there doing windows :/

3. MariaGabriela

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

they need to do android tablets

8. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

like they failed with the HTC Flyer which was running on android

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

It would be a very difficult challenge for htc to make a windows rt blue tablet considering that windows 8 tablets aren't selling as much yet and they will also face some stiff competition with other manufacturers. Only time can tell whether they can make a successful comeback with tablets, anyways I wish the company all the luck...

12. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

If they price it right they will be fine.

22. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Yeah, i don't know why they still making windoes tablets. but so true, if the price is right. then it will be different game.

5. gd761

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I just hope that the part about the New HTC Tablets coming with Windows RT is False, and We Will See WINDOWS 8, Not Anything watered down like Windows RT. Or if the 7" Screen is RT and the 12" Screen is a Full Windows 8 build, then that could possibly be considerable to Us Customers. If the 12" Model also has the Same Speakers as what the Jetstream has, then that Will be a Great Sounding Tablet to Watch Any and All kinds of Multimedia on. A Sub-Woffer would be asking for a Bit Much, but the Jetstream has one, so why not one for the 12" Model Windows Tablet? HTC; Don't Cripple your 2 New Tablets by getting back into the Tablet Market with an OS (Windows RT) that is Not really going anywhere? Put a FULL VERSION OF WINDOWS 8 ON THESE NEW TABLETS! Oh by the way, put MORE STORAGE ON THEM! Start out with 64GB and have options where We can open them up so We can put Larger SSD's in them if We Want to!

16. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I actually want Win RT in a 7-8" form factor. I want it to be something like my wife's Kindle Fire HD. I have a Laptop with Full Blown Windows 8 on it. RT should be priced similar to Android tablets in the same form factor. I'd expect Pro tablets that size would be over priced.

18. gd761

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

The Price would depend on a Few Factors. What are the Specs? Are Any of the Tablets being Subsidized? And How Much Profit do they Expect to be worthwhile compared to Volume of Sales? If they Lower the Price of the Tablets Enough, then they can make More by Selling More Volume than having a Higher Price and Selling Less Volume. The More that they produce, the lower the Cost to them because they are Buying the Components at a Lower Price because they are Buying in Mass Quantities for Each of the Components that are in their Devices. What this means is that the Higher the Volume of Devices that they Sell, the Lower the Cost to them, which in turn is a HIGHER PROFIT to them No Matter What.

6. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

HTC Tablet with HTC ONE design and build +the boomsound!...damn it would be an awesome TAB!

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

The flaw of Windows is that its really not optimized for full hd resolution on a small screen. Android and iOS don't have that problem

10. zippolite28

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

ho my god are u sure .... or ... are u joking :p

13. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

That's not true

9. jibraihimi

Posts: 815; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Now bring us some leaks of Tablet from Nokia.........

11. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

it will be damn great when htc want to bering us windows tablet but i wish android one then too. i waiting for htc tablets since now.

15. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

You are kidding right? HTC Flyer which didn't sell that great.

21. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Oooo how can you compare htc quality in 2006 with now??? They big job in tech from some years ago.. U can see how much one is perfect. htc come back very soon to pick of sell. Plz take your time.

14. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I love HTC but I have a feeling Nokia is going to take Windows 8 tablets by storm like they have with Windows Phones. I just hope whoever makes a decent 7-8" tablet brings the heat and prices it competitively.

20. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

only time can tell :)

17. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

They need to make windows 8 pro tablets RT is garbage

19. mikewillz

Posts: 52; Member since: May 03, 2013

I would buy an HTC tablet running windows 8 if it's a good price.

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