HTC back in favor at Microsoft; apparently plans to launch two Windows RT tablets in 2013

by Doug Drinkwater

December 21 2012

HTC is working on 7-inch and 12-inch Windows RT tablets which could launch in Q3 of next year, according to a new report.

The Taiwanese smartphone and tablet maker was reportedly excluded from making Windows 8 devices back in June of this year, but is now said to be making two tablets based on Microsoft's new operating system.

Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg says that HTC has tentative plans to release both products in Q3 of 2013, and claims that these will run ARM-based Qualcomm chips (hence the slates will feature the Windows RT operating system).

HTC did supposedly look at equipping the tablets with Intel processors but chose not on concerns of high retail prices, the report states.

The news would suggest that the firm, which released its first line of Windows 8 Phones in September, has been contemplating its tablet strategy in recent months.

After all, one exec said in October that the company would be leaving the tablet market and would only consider returning if it had a product to match the iPad (at the tablet high-end) or Google’s Nexus 7.

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