Here’s a bit of interesting news, especially since the last tablet that HTC made was over 2 years ago running Gingerbread and Honeycomb. We’ve been waiting on a new HTC tablet for quite some time, and many of us have been wanting the HTC One Tablet, but it looks like we won’t be getting that but something even better – or at least to some of us it’s better. According to Focus Taiwan, HTC has won the bid to build the next Nexus tablet. The publication is citing Commercial Times as their source that HTC has won the bid for manufacturing a high-end Nexus tablet which will ship sometime in Q3 2014. Although, right now we aren’t sure if it’s going to be a new Nexus 7 or 10, or possibly a Nexus 8.
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As we stated before, HTC hasn’t released a tablet in sometime. They released the HTC Jetstream on AT&T back in 2011, along with the HTC EVO View 4G on Sprint and the HTC Flyer. All in 2011, which was the time of Gingerbread on tablets – which didn’t look great – of Honeycomb depending on the time of the year they were released. Since then we haven’t seen a single tablet from the Taiwanese manufacturer, although we have seen some leaks. But nothing announced.
In the past, those OEMs that have made Nexus devices have skyrocketed to popularity. Just look at ASUS and LG’s recent surge into being one of the “big dogs”. Since LG launched the Nexus 4 in 2012, they’ve also launched a few great devices like the Optimus G, Optimus G Pro and G2. All of which have done well, especially the Optimus G and G Pro seeing as they were only on a couple of carriers. Same can be said for ASUS. Although they were already pretty popular in the tablet game before, but launching two Nexus 7’s with Google definitely helped them out.
So could we see a HTC Nexus tablet? It’s possible, and I’d love to see one. It might be the push HTC needs to get back in the picture with other OEMs like LG, ASUS, Samsung, and Sony. How many of you want the next Nexus tablet to be built by HTC?