Rumor: HTC has won a bid to make the next Nexus tablet

February 6, 2014
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According to a report out of Taiwan, HTC might be the next brand to jump into the Nexus arena with a brand new tablet scheduled for a Q3 2014 unveiling.

Despite rumors that suggest that the Nexus line could be discontinued, it seems strange to think that Google would end a product line that serves so many purposes. First, it provides pure Android devices for developers, tinkers and Android purists. Second, low pricing allows many of us to get our hands on a high-end Android experience at an affordable price. And lastly, it brings additional exposure to Android manufacturers.

If a new rumor from Taiwan proves correct, HTC will be the next brand to benefit from releasing a Nexus device.

The last point has been most important for brands like Asus and LG. The Nexus 7 line has been rather successful at getting Asus’ products out there onto the market, in a way its own tablets haven’t been able to do. For LG, the success of the Nexus 4 brought more attention to the company and we’ve seen quite a few solid devices from LG since then including the LG Optimus G Pro, LG G2 and the Nexus 5.

If a new rumor from Taiwan proves correct, HTC will be the next brand to benefit from releasing a Nexus device. According to Focus Taiwan, citing Commercial Times, HTC has won the bid for manufacturing a high-end Nexus tablet, which will ship sometime in Q3 2014. It’s unknown if HTC will be creating a successor to the Nexus 10, the Nexus 7 or perhaps something new altogether.

Considering HTC hasn’t been involved in the tablet game for years, this would certainly be an interesting move — if it’s true. Of course, there’s a strong possibility this rumor is bogus, and circumspection is highly advised. HTC declined to comment on the report, though that’s standard practice in this type of situation.

If the rumor is true, an HTC Nexus 10 or even an HTC Nexus 7 could go a long ways in helping HTC attract new fans. If such a tablet followed the design guidelines we’ve seen with the HTC One, this could also be one gorgeous looking device.

What do you think, would you like to see HTC take a stab at a new Nexus tablet? Is this what HTC needs in order to really jettison the company back into the spotlight?

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