HTC recently reaffirmed its commitment to continue releasing Windows Phone smartphones, and it seems the one-time Android darling has quite the thing for Microsoft as we're hearing fresh confirmation that a pair of Windows-fuelled HTC tablets are in the pipelines.
But not just any old Windows – the much-maligned Windows RT, or at least the post-Blue update incarnation of RT, which should be out in the wild by HTC's proposed October launch timeframe.
The tablet duo – codenamed the R7 and R12 – come packing 7in and 12in screen sizes respectively, which is in line with existing rumours that surfaced back in December.
We now know more about the future of Windows 8 and RT, of course, in that the Windows Blue update will widen the screen resolutions supported by Microsoft's OS to effectively open the door to smaller (i.e. 7in-8in) screen sizes.
And the R7 will reportedly be one of the first new faces to take the plunge (although with a reported full HD resolution, meeting even Win RT's current minimum resolution requirements of 1366 x 768 wouldn't be a problem).
The processor sounds a peach – a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, which is supported by 2GB of RAM. There's 16GB of microSD-expandable internal memory, plus an impressive 1£MP autofocus camera.
Things aren't so great on the connectivity front, as it seems HDMI, DLNA and NFC are off the table, but there will be an LTE-equipped version for data speed-demons.
The 12in HTC R12 will come with the same specs aside from the display, which will boast a generous 2,048 x 1,536 resolution.
We're not sure how much stock to put in these rumours – especially since we're talking about devices that are still the best part of half a year from launch.
Still, if these specs are even vaguely accurate, and rival Windows RT/8 tablets arrive offering similar credentials, it could seriously help Windows kick on going forward.
Via Phone Arena