Don’t go writing off Windows RT just yet – a new report claim HTC will use the operating system to power two new tablets due to launch later this year.
Following on from rumors in December of HTC making 7-inch and 12-inch Windows RT tablets, tech news website PhoneArena claims to have more details on both devices.
Citing anonymous sources, the website claims that the tablets are codenamed R7 and R12 and adds that the former device has a 7-inch Full HD display, a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 16GB of memory, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear-facing camera and a microSD card slot.
However, while that device could well see HTC compete directly with the likes of the iPad mini and Nexus 7, it is the larger R12 tablet that may draw interest from corporate customers.
The device supposedly has a 12-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution screen and "more connectivity options". Further spec details were not available at the time of going to press, although both tablets are rumored to be heading to market in October.
Should the report turn out to be true, it would certainly represent a turnaround not only for Windows RT – which has struggled for vendors and sales since launch – but also for HTC’s tablet ambitions.
The company has had a mixed relationship with Microsoft and was famously banned from making Windows 8 tablets at the launch of the new OS last October. At the time, the move was put down to the vendor’s intention of customizing the Windows 8 home screen.
Since then, HTC has stepped away from the tablet market altogether and said that it would only return to the iPad-dominated space if it offered something truly unique. That could be the two Windows RT tablets, although the firm is also said to be working on a 10-inch Windows 8 tablet.