A few years back HTC held its microphone out at chest level, dropped it, and walked off the Android tablet stage. In the years that have followed since those early releases of the HTC Jetstream and Flyer, we’ve seen the Android tablet market really take off, and the companies that have stuck with it have been enjoying healthy growth. Lately, we’ve been talking about how this evolving market may be bringing HTC to reconsider its decision to walk away, and that it could finally be time to see the company return to the tablet space. Now a new rumor claims that not just is HTC planning to do just that, but it could return in one of the highest-profile ways possible, building a new Nexus tablet for Google.
Unfortunately, we don’t get much more to go on, aside from the claim that this HTC Nexus tablet would launch sometime in Q3 2014. The big detail we’d like to know about (but don’t get here) is just how large a tablet we might be talking about; would this HTC model be the new Nexus 7, the new Nexus 10, or something fresh altogether?
It’s a very compelling theory, and while we’d love to see what HTC could do with a tablet these days, we’re not entirely convinced that this makes a lot of sense. After all, HTC’s presumed interest in going back to tablets would be to bolster sales. A Nexus tablet would not only fail to get HTC’s name out there like a self-released device might, but Nexus models in general aren’t known for generating massive profit margins. Really, in some lights we can see a Nexus tablet being almost diametrically opposed to the tablet strategy HTC needs to adopt. Does that mean it’s simply not going to happen? We’re willing to give the notion the benefit of the doubt for the moment, but we’d absolutely love to have a little evidence to bring credence to this idea.