As we are all well aware of, HTC has hit rough times recently, both with tablets and smartphones. However, there was a time when HTC was leading the pack and selling more smartphones than every other manufacturer combined. With tablets though, the company has never been able to release anything remotely successful. The HTC Flyer and EVO View 4G were both 7-inch Android tablets released by the company, but they never caught on and were given the end-of-life treatment rather early. The same can also be said for the HTC Jetstream, which was sold by AT&T and was just too expensive for many consumers. Now that the smartphone front appears to be turning around for HTC thanks to the One, it looks like the company will shift some of its focus to the cluttered tablet market.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, quoting people familiar with the matter, HTC is currently working on a 7-inch Android tablet. The company was also originally planning to release a 12-inch tablet running Windows RT, but scrapped those plans. According to the report, HTC did not see the Windows RT tablet meeeting with successful because it would be too expensive to produce and sell.
The 7-inch Android tablet is expected to launch sometime this September or October, but both the price and specifications still remain a mystery. In addition to the 7-inch Android tablet, HTC is also said to be working on a tablet of the same size running Windows RT, which will presumably be cheaper to make than the now defunct 12-inch tablet.
I have to say that it’s good to see HTC scrapping things that it thinks will not be successful. In my opinion, it shows that the company is finally recognizing that it will not benefit from cluttering the market with tablets and phones that no one is going to buy. Bloomberg also adds that HTC knows it can’t make another mistake like the First, which right now, is possibly the biggest flop of 2013.
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