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HTC bosses confirm ‘disruptive’ tablet – hint at future wearable devices too

by Doug Drinkwater

October 21 2013

HTC will be hoping that its next tablet is more successful than its first tablet, the 7-inch Flyer.
HTC will be hoping that its next tablet is more successful than its first tablet, the 7-inch Flyer.

HTC bosses Peter Chou and Cher Wang appear to have confirmed that the Flyer maker could return to the tablet market and say too that wearable devices will be a “critical segment” for the Taiwanese firm in years to come.

In a joint interview with The Financial Times (subscription required), Chou and Wang talked on everything from the possibility of making a Kindle phone to launching a wearable device to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and Apple’s forthcoming iWatch.

But it was on the subject of tablets however that the duo were most conclusive, with Wang confirming that the smartphone maker does indeed intent to follow up on the poorly-received Flyer and Jetstream models.

"When the tablet comes out it will be something nice and disruptive," said Wang.

(Worth reading: HTC reportedly working on 10-inch Windows 8 tablet with hi-res display & HTC quits the tablet market, may return to challenge the iPad or Nexus 7)

The execs also appeared to confirm that the company will launch wearable technology devices in due course, but argued that the device would have to “meet a need”.

“[A smartwatch] has to meet a need, otherwise it’s just a gimmick or a concept,” said CEO Chou, who added that HTC even worked with Microsoft on a smartwatch concept “several years ago”.

“People laughed at us when we came out with the first smartphone…now everyone has a smartphone. I’m pretty sure wearables will be the same, but don’t judge from what is in the market [now].”

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