It was December 2012 when we first heard of two new tablets from HTC which were going to be running on Windows RT. Today, we learnt more about both these tablets. Phonearena.com reports that the tablets are codenamed the R7 and the R12.
We have reason to believe the R7 is going to have a 7 inch screen with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. It is also going to boast of 2 GB of RAM and a 13 MP rear camera. The only problem is that the storage on the tablet is restricted to 16 GB but users will be able to expand this with the help of the micro-SD card slot. This model lis going to have HSPA+ and LTE support.
The only difference between this tablet and the R12 is that the R12 will have a 12 inch screen.
Sources say that both tablets are going to be launched in October 2013 which is exactly when Microsoft is set to release an update called Microsoft Blue for both Windows 8 & Windows RT.
Devices that run on Windows RT have longer battery lives and much smaller form factors. The drawback is that users will only be allowed to install apps from the Windows Store.
If both these tablets manage to make it onto shelves this year, it will be the be the 1st time HTC has supported a platform other that Windows Phone or Windows Mobile. But, it won’t be their first time producing a tablet. They had previously introduced the HTC Flyer. This tablet ran on a 1.5 GHz processor and had a 5 MP camera. Microsoft also changed its guidelines for Windows 8 to allow for compatibility with smaller screens like that of the R7.
The company recently announced that it had sold hundred million licenses of both Windows RT & Windows 8 to hardware partners. But since there is only one source that has conveyed this information, users should not believe everything that is written.