HTC planning another tablet, expects sales to drop in Q4
HTC hasn’t been all that involved in the Android tablet market, with just two models: the HTC Flyer and Jetstream. Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, claimed that the manufacturer is “eyeing the market,” and promised another tablet model next year. Obviously at this point, there’s no way to tell what kind of specs we’ll be seeing, as HTC probably hasn’t even started working on said device yet.
It’s also interesting that Chou refuses to put extra emphasis on expanding markets, as compared to developed ones like the U.S. and Europe. This doesn’t mean that HTC isn’t expanding into those markets, it just means that they won’t try to do so by releasing cheap, poor-quality devices. This is good for end users in China and other expanding markets, because it means high-end phones (and tablets, should HTC choose to stay in the tablet market). The downside here is that it will take longer for such devices to come to fruition, and there will be no low-end HTC phones to have in the meantime.
Peter Chou also warned that sales for HTC in Q4 (October-December) of this year would fall below that of Q3, and they would lose some market share to competitors. While it wasn’t explicitly said, it’s expected that the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II will play some part in this slight drop for HTC.
As for the aforementioned tablet, it’s unclear if it will ever reach the States. Personally, I would expect it to be tied to a carrier, much like Sprint and the HTC Evo View 4G. More on this as it develops.
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