Update: Last year, we reported that HTC is looking to make a re-entry into the tablet market by manufacturing under its own brand. It may get its hopes from the huge success of the HTC made Nexus 9. There is also another rumour that the company will the launch a tablet that looks like Nexus but with a Mediatek chipset for the Chinese market.
A tweet from ‘@upleaks’ suggests the model number of the upcoming tablet is HTC H7, and it will be a low-end tablet that will be launched in Q2 2015. There are no any other details about the specs or pricing. Considering the model number H7, it may be a 7-inch tablet. So in the next few months we may see a 7-inch budget friendly tablet from HTC. We will provide the specs of the details if there is any information from the trusted sources until then take this with a pinch of salt.
Earlier: HTC to Launch its Own Branded Tablet Next Year – Reports
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC recently made a re-entry into the tablet market by manufacturing the Nexus 9 for Google, a high-end tablet device that features a premium design. HTC has returned to making tablets after more than three years. Feedback from early buyers of the tablet has been overwhelmingly positive. However, now that the Nexus 9 is getting rave reviews, the company is reportedly planning to release an own-branded tablet next year.
According to recent reports, HTC has plans on launching a tablet with their own branding come 2015. Apparently HTC’s CFO, confirmed that an HTC-branded tablet is indeed in the works. The report also claims that the company’s CFO has mentioned that they are open to the idea of co-branding opportunities, much like what HTC and Google did.
Assuming the report is accurate, it does seem to line up with what we had heard earlier this year. Earlier this year, some report suggested that HTC was working on two other tablets that are not of the Nexus variety. According to HTC North Asia’s President Jack Tong, the company’s next tablet will not be a cheap tablet.
Tong made the remarks at a press conference in Taipei called to announce two mid-range Desire phones and the Nexus 9 — the world’s first tablet running on Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. Tong claims that cheap tablets are not profitable and that small-sized tablets are starting to become less desired thanks to large screen phones becoming more prolific.
The tablet market grew by 11.5 percent worldwide according to the latest report from IDC, with 53.8 million tablets sold in the last quarter. Apple maintained lead with 12.3 million units in the third quarter. Samsung held its number two position on the market with 9.9 million units shipped, capturing an 18.3% market share in the third quarter reporting to experience 5.6% growth.
If latest reports are to be believed, Apple is planning to discontinue the iPad Mini line-up in favor of the forthcoming iPad Pro, a mysterious 12.2-inch tablet device set to arrive in 2015. With sales of iPads falling for the third straight quarter, Apple has no choice to launch an exciting new tablet, targeted at premium buyers.