HTC Exec Hints At Tablet and Smartwatch
As The Next Web is reporting, we may just know what HTC might be looking to do next; release a tablet. Chou has been speaking to The Financial Times recently and he’s hinted that a tablet is on its way.
While few details are offered, Chairwoman Wang is quoted as saying, “when the [HTC] tablet comes out it will be something nice and disruptive.” But with strong competition from many of the major consumer electronics brands, HTC, as a smaller player with fewer marketing dollars to spend, could find its tablets facing issues similar to those affecting its smartphone business.
HTC have tested the tablet waters once before with the HTC Flyer, which didn’t prove to be too popular, on account of it shipping with Android 2.3 as Honeycomb tablets were appearing on the market. However, HTC made a well-built 7-inch tablet with true pen input. Many users of the Flyer held on to it as long as they could but, Samsung came along with the Galaxy Note and offered a clearly superior device to the Flyer.
Chou also revealed for the first time that HTC collaborated with Microsoft for a smartwatch in the past, but the project was eventually scrapped. As for when will HTC attempt a new move in this space, Chou commented that wearable tech is not mature enough, calling current devices “version one” or “gimmicks” that lack style. He then went on to say that the market is relatively young and hinted that HTC will be biding their time.