HTC was going great guns with its Smartphones, especially the One X; but it suddenly received a rude jolt when Microsoft did not include HTC in their shortlist for the makers of its Windows Phone 8 tablets.
Readers may recollect that the Flyer and Jetstream, among the company’s initial Tablets, were not actually runaway successes.
Far from halting HTC in their tracks, this bombshell from Microsoft had the opposite effect. It has not deterred HTC from experimenting and coming out with a new range of those devices. It is believed that HTC is ‘waiting till it has something unique’ to deliver, though what exactly constituted the uniqueness is left to everybody’s imagination. The Flyer included a stylus, but it was against some tough competition: the iPad, Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Note, to name a few, which were already hogging the entire market share in that segment.
To challenge companies like Apple and Samsung and their heavyweight brands HTC has to come up with a product that’s not only advanced and attractive, but competitively priced as well.
But HTC seems to have gloved up and tightened belts and seems to be determined to enter the ring head on. They are not giving up their battle (which is heating up by the day) in the Tablet arena, yet.
If sources are to be believed, the new Tablet has been christened Vertex (probably Vertex HD), and is supposedly based on the NVIDIA Kai platform. Quad core Tegra 3 (1.3 GHz) is the processor being used to power the tablet. 2012 May saw NVIDIA launching its Kai platform to offer tablet manufacturers the opportunity to use Tegra 3 to come up with a Tablet running Android ICS for a mere $ 199.
The launch of the Nexus 7 has further intensified HTC’s fight for survival in the Tablet segment. The Vertex would have a 1280x760p display, with Android Ice cream Sandwich 4.0.3 they might upgrade to 4.1 or Jelly Bean once it is launched. But as of yet there is no news on the size of the phone, its camera specifications, RAM, or other details.
In 2011, similar rumors about Quattro (another Tablet from HTC) did the rounds, though the device never really made an appearance. Now with all the talk of the Vertex doing the rounds of the Tech grapevine, it is in the spotlight again. So if we assume (and that’s a dicey proposition, at best) that the Vertex will not be far removed from its legendary predecessor, then we could hazard a guess about its probable specifications:
- 1 GB RAM
- 16 GB storage
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Rear camera: 2 MP, secondary camera: 1.3 MP
- Size: 7 to 10 inches
- HTC Beats for Audio
They might also want to launch their new tablet at the IFA Trade Show which begins in Berlin at the end of August.
Many industry analysts feel, though, that to put up a real fight, especially now that the Amazon Kindle Fire 2, Transformer Prime, Nexus 7, iPad mini (as yet rumored) are all in the works, the Taiwanese giant will have to be very careful with pricing. Their earlier tablets did not fare badly because there was anything intrinsically wrong with the product itself; but at a steep $ 500, it had very few takers.
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