HTC will soon join the ranks of companies that offer tablets running Windows 8, according to an unconfirmed report. The company is reportedly working on a large and a small version.
One of HTC's tablets will allegedly be the first 7-inch tablet running the latest version of Microsoft's operating system. The other will have a 12-inch display. Most of its competitors use screen around 10 inches, so HTC is going to stand out from the pack.
In an unusual move, the 7-inch model will be able to make phone calls.
Both are going to run Windows RT, the version of Windows 8 designed for less-enpensive, consumer-oriented devices. They will supposedly use ARM-based processors from Qualcomm.
HTC has wanted to get into the Windows tablet business for some time, but Microsoft wouldn't let it make one of the first-round Windows RT tablets, citing HTC's inexperience in this class of computers. The company did try its hand at Android tablets years ago, but pulled out after weak sales.
So it will apparently have to wait until the third quarter of 2013 to introduce its Windows-based tablets.
This fall, an HTC spokesperson said, "We're continuing to watch the tablet market very, very closely for the right opportunity to re-enter in a way in which we're not just offering a "me too" tablet, but a product that's compelling, differentiated, and inspiring to our customers."
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