HTC may launch 7-inch Windows RT tablet this year

HTC has dropped its plans of introducing a full-sized tablet PC running Microsoft's Windows RT OS, since it worries that it'll meet with "lackluster demand", those familiar with the development told Bloomberg.

In fact, one of the people said that HTC has chosen not to make the tablet owing to the cost it would incur, coupled with the fact that the demand for RT-based devices has been weak. That said, Bloomberg has been told that the Taiwan-based company still plans to release a 7-inch tablet running the Windows RT OS later this year.

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About the product that HTC is now reported to have scrapped, the person said for that screen size (about 12 inches), it was "too pricey" – both component-wise and in terms of what the company would have had to charge customers. As for the smaller tablet, the person told Bloomberg that HTC expects lower costs and more demand and is expected to be delivered around September or October. HTC, in its e-mailed response to Bloomberg, said, "We don’t comment on rumors or speculation."

It was reported earlier this month that HTC was rumoured to be working on Windows RT tablets, sized 7 and 12 inches. PhoneArena had reported that the tablets are codenamed R7 and R12 – numbers denoting the screen size of the tablet. The report also had something to add about the specifications of the smaller of the two tablets. The R7 is set to be the smaller of the two tablets with a 7-inch full HD screen. It will supposedly be powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor from Qualcomm, and with 2GB of RAM, it doesn't seem  the tablet's performance would ever be an issue. It will have 16GB of internal memory, although how much of this will be usable is up for debate.

Thankfully, it will also have a microSD card slot. Behind the tablet will be a 13 megapixel autofocus camera. Connectivity options include LTE/HSPA+ connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS. The tablet may not have features such as HDMI, DLNA or NFC, found in higher-end devices.

Published Date: May 31, 2013 16:02 PM | Updated Date: May 31, 2013 16:02 PM