With the users not being too impressed about the Windows 8-powered tablets, a fact that it’s reflected in the low sales figures, the hardware manufactures have a cautious approach for this market niche. Anyway, it seems that HTC is planning to return on the tablet market with two new devices based on Windows Blue, a revised version of Windows 8 which will reportedly be announced by Microsoft in the second half of the year.
Considering that the Android-powered HTC Flyer model was not among the best-selling tablets on the market, the company’s decision to launch two Windows 8 tablets indicates that the Taiwan-based company has great confidence in Microsoft’s ability to make Windows 8.1 Blue a successful product.
Known so far by their codenames, HTC R7 and HTC R12, the two tablets will be equipped with 7 and 12 inch displays, respectively. The HTC R7 will compete on the compact tablet market against more popular products like the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini. Equipped with a high-resolution 12-inch display, the HTC R12 slate will aim at the high-end Android and iOS powered tablets, like the iPad or Nexus 10.
The Inquirer notes that HTC R7 will come pre-loaded with Windows Blue for ARM devices and that it will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, plus 2 GB of RAM. The display of the 7-inch might support full HD resolution, thus the quality of the pictures and videos might give R7 the upper-hand on the competition. Another interesting feature of the HTC R7 will be 13 megapixel camera mounted on the back and the support for 4G LTE/HSPA+ networks. The Windows Blue-powered tablet will come with 16 GB of internal storage expandable using microSD cards, GPS module, HDMI port, Bluetooth, and WiFi with DLNA support.
On the other hand the HTC R12 might come with a display that has a resolution of 2045×1536 pixeli, which is common for the Apple tablets with Retina Display. Unfortunately, the other technical specifications of the HTC R12 were not unveiled.
According to anonymous sources, the new Windows Blue HTC tablets might be released on the market sometime in October, around the Windows Blue event hosted by Microsoft.