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HTC to launch Windows tablets

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By Stewart Mitchell

Posted on 21 Dec 2012 at 10:52

HTC is set to join the ranks of Windows tablet manufacturers.

According to a report from the Bloomberg news service, HTC is working on a 12in Windows device, as well as a 7in tablet that can also make phone calls.

Citing sources close to the company, Bloomberg said both versions would run ARM-based Qualcomm processors, meaning the devices would use the Windows RT operating system. They are set to be launched in autumn next year.

The company had hoped to make an Intel-based device running full-fat Windows 8, but dropped the plans because it realised it would have to charge $1,000 for the devices, which it feared would be too much to attract buyers.

Microsoft's own Intel-based Surface tablets will go on sale early next year for $899 and $999, depending on the model.

According to recent figures from IDC, Windows currently accounts for 2.9% of a tablet market that's expected to double over the next four years, with shipments of almost 300m units.

The news from HTC is a boost for Microsoft, which needs more manufacturers on board if it's to mount a serious challenge, especially after Toshiba shelved plans to build Windows RT slates.

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User comments

Encouraging news

As a Surface owner, it's good to see other manufacturers picking up Windows RT. Hopefully, this will encourage developers to make an RT version of their programs.

I'm not looking for much; Firefox, a decent mail app and some network tools would be enough

By bronven on 21 Dec 2012

Sounds good

I really like the idea of Windows RT. Not being able to install anything and everything off the web should make my life as the extended family IT support a lot quieter.

IE10 on Windows RT is an excellent browser.

By stephen_d_morris on 21 Dec 2012

Excellent news

Looking forward to seeing what HTC and Nokia come up with next year. The Surface is a fab piece of kit. (Obviously not recommended here as it's not Apple) Just a shame all these manufactures have missed the Christmas window and the will be playing catch up with Nexus 7 which I am seeing everywhere.

By stephen_d_morris on 21 Dec 2012

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