HTC to launch own-branded tablet next year, won't be ultra-cheap
According to Focus Taiwan, HTC CFO Chang Chia-lin recently confirmed that the company is planning to introduce its own new tablet sometime next year. The HTC exec also said that the company is open towards considering other co-branding opportunities after the Nexus 9.
While it’s not clear what kind of tablet the HTC-branded one will be, we know what it won’t be. HTC North Asia President Jack Tong told Focus Taiwan that the market for ultra-cheap slates (under $160) is not profitable - thus, HTC has no plans of releasing such devices. Jack Tong further mentioned that the importance of 7-inch tablets is now blurred by the popularity of extra-large smartphones.
All in all, we should expect HTC’s own-branded tablet to be a high-end or mid-range one with a screen larger than 7 inches. Of course, since nothing’s confirmed at this point, anything can happen. We’ll be here to let you know more details as soon as they arrive.