HTC LinkWatch concept
HTC hasn't dipped its toe into the tablet market since the HTC Flyer, back in 2011 – but it's planning to shake things up with a "disruptive" tablet.
Speaking to the Financial Times, HTC CEO Peter Chou and chairman Cher Wang have revealed that HTC is working on a new tablet device – and that current-gen wearable gadgets like smartwatches are "gimmick" devices.
Despite HTC's current absence from the tablet market, Cher Wang hints that a new device is in the works, saying that, “When the [HTC] tablet comes out it will be something nice and disruptive.” HTC has recently made moves towards devices with larger screens, launching the 5.9in HTC One Max to considerable acclaim.
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Smartwatches and other wearable devices are high on most tech brand’s agendas – and HTC is no exception, with Bloomberg reporting that it's working on an Android smartwatch with a camera.
Mr Chou calls out “version one” and “gimmick” wearable devices in his FT interview, noting that “It has to meet a need, otherwise if it’s just a gimmick or concept; it’s not for people’s day-to-day lives. That is an opportunity for us” he said.
Ms Wang went on to say that “there are a lot of devices to innovate... Ubiquitous intelligence is not just wearables” – suggesting that HTC plans to wait for the other major tech brands to play their wearable cards first, before committing to any wrist-wrapping accessories.
If HTC were to launch a tablet with the same quality feel as its highly praised One series, would you get in line for one – or has HTC missed the boat? Let us know on Twitter.