HTC looking to launch another tablet
The Taiwanese mobile device maker is eyeing another entry into the competitive tablet market, following the launch of its Flyer and Jetstream devices.
HTC plans to give the tablet market another shot.
"Tablet is a market we would like to try and test, to see whether we can make ourselves stand out and prevent a me-too product," CEO Peter Chou said.
Though Reuters said that HTC has released only a single tablet model, the company has actually released two. The, also known as the , hit the market in May, while the debuted in September.
But like many Android tablets, both models have been seen as overpriced, not just compared with the iPad, but in light of Amazon's upcoming $199 Kindle Fire. The at Best Buy to $299 from $499. And the Jetstream is currently priced at a whopping $849.
Whatever tablet HTC may be contemplating next year needs to be much more price-sensitive to make any kind of dent in a market dominated by the iPad and about to be buffeted by cheaper Android alternatives.
Beyond a new tablet, the company is looking to invest just as much in emerging markets as it does in regions like the U.S. and Europe. But Chou wants to keep HTC's image as a "premium brand" intact, according to Reuters, with no intention to flood less developed markets with cheap phones.
HTC is also whetting the appetites of Android users withon a variety of handsets starting early next year.
The company recently enjoyed awith strong growth in phone shipments. For the three months ended September, HTC shipped a total of 13.2 million handsets worldwide, up 93 percent from a year ago. It's the world's fourth-largest smartphone vendor behind Samsung, Apple, and Nokia, .
But the fourth quarter may present a challenge. Facing tough competition against Samsung and Apple, HTC warned that its sales for the end of the year will likely dip below those of the previous quarter and fail to meet the expectations of analysts.