New Tablets for 2013?

by Shawn C., 26 December 2012

With 2013 just around the corner, it’s no wonder that rumors of new Tablet devices are starting to crop up, but most recently reports have emerged that three mobile manufacturers are about to enter the highly competitive tablet market in 2013, and go head-to-head with existing tablets from PC makers such as Acer, Toshiba, Lenovo, HP and Dell.

Following up on a report that HTC has stopped development of a large Windows Phone 8 device with a 5-inch or more touchscreen, HTC is now reported to be developing a seven-inch and a twelve-inch tablets that will run on Windows RT, a more ‘consumer-friendly’ version of Windows 8 which is designed to run on devices using ARM processors, and will be released in the third quarter of 2013. While product specifications for both these HTC tablets are virtually non-existent, there has been mention that the upcoming 7-inch device will have mobile voice-calling capabilities, a feature currently found on a small number of Android-powered tablets.

Microsoft excluded HTC from the initial round of Windows 8 tablet development, although the Taiwanese device maker did launch two Windows Phone 8 devices. The news that HTC is developing Windows powered tablet devices is interesting as it indicates that the relationship between HTC and Microsoft is strengthening.

HTC, by the way, hasn’t had much success with their previous Android OS tablet offerings, such as the HTC Flyer.

Nokia, on the other hand, may already have a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet ready for unveiling at the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC), which takes place in late February in Barcelona, Spain. Taiwan’s DIGITIMES has reported that the Finnish mobile maker held back from releasing a tablet device concurrently with the initial Windows 8 launch but will now complete development of the device in time for MWC. Unconfirmed features include a ten-hour battery life, USB and HDMI ports, and a cover with integrated keyboard.

In the Android camp, Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility may, not surprisingly, see the mobile maker produce two Google-specific devices for 2013, similar to the ‘Nexus’ line phones and tablets that Google created in collaboration with Asus, HTC, LG and Samsung. Reports state that a handset codenamed “X Phone”, will launch first, followed later in the year by an “X Tablet”.

As yet, there’s little real information on any of these devices, but 2013 is already shaping up to be an interesting year!

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