HTC may be pushing the limits on the size of smartphones with the EVO4G, but don’t expect that trend to translate tablets any time soon. While the iPad is undoubtedly the dominant tablet on the market right now, a number of Android-powered tablets are under development, and some are bound to hit the market sooner or later. Unfortunately, HTC is not one of the companies working on such a device, instead preferring to play wait-and-see with the competition:
"We are always looking at it, but, right now, the whole idea is that in order to be successful with a tablet, you need to have something compelling. And not just a compelling form factor".
And that means HTC is happy to sit back and see what the rest of the market does first: "You need to find that compelling use, that compelling story, that one compelling feature. And we are not going to do anything until we have found that", Lin said.
Even if this news is slightly disappointing to HTC fans in the near-term, HTC’s statement clearly shows that plans for an Android tablet aren’t off the table. HTC certainly does have a knack for hardware design, but it remains to be seen if Android tablets will catch on, as HTC seems well-aware.