The rumor mill is churning up a storm today, the latest piece of news is the mention of a HTC branded Windows 8 tablet. According to translations from a Polish website HTC has started work on a Qualcomm powered Windows 8 tablet. That’s it the tablets name or a photo of the tablet haven’t been discovered, yet. However a release date for a HTC tablet with Windows 8 would be sometime in 2012, seeing as that’s when Microsoft will be releasing the new operating system.
HTC has offered devices with Microsoft owned operating systems in the past, no matter how much Android is apart of the HTC business today. Recently HTC has announced plans to get back to offering handsets with a Windows operating system (Windows Phone 7) and an announcement in 2012 for a Windows 8 tablet would be the icing on the cake for a HTC Microsoft reunion.
Tablets from HTC haven’t been the biggest sellers, but Microsoft will need all the help they can get from OEMs like HTC to get Windows 8 on tablets. Currently a large majority of tablets in the market place for consumers are running on operating systems not owned by Microsoft, namely Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems. With Windows 8 Microsoft has designed a new tablet/touch friendly interface using the Metro UI they use in Windows Phone 7, and Windows 8 is also going to be released with compatibility for ARM chips like Qualcomm Snapdragon’s as well as standard x86 processors from Intel or AMD.
HTC currently ships a 7-inch tablet named Flyer in its Wi-Fi variation and EVO View 4G in its Sprint WiMAX variation, and they also ship a 10.1-inch tablet named Jetstream. Both tablets run versions of Google’s Android OS that is offered free (to a degree) to HTC and they each come powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processing chip.