A week ago, rumors began to surface about a new affordable tablet from HTC, as the company confirmed that it was “looking closely” at entry and mid-level tablets. Leaks had suggested that the company was working on a 7-inch tablet codenamed H7 and a device bearing the same name has recently been spotted on India’s public import-export database, Zauba.
The shipment is listed as a sample for research and development, but also contains a brief list of specifications. The H7 tablet features a 7-inch display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and space for not one, but two SIM cards. The H7 looks to be a budget product, unlike HTC’s last effort, the high-end Nexus 9, which launched last year.
SIM slots in tablets are still quite rare in the budget segment, but dual-SIM compatibility is a popular feature in Eastern markets, which fits with the Indian source of the information.
We’re still not sure if or when the tablet will be making it to market, or what its exact price will be. The shipment lists a value of INR 9,565, which works out roughly to $150, suggesting that a final retail price might be somewhere in the $200 region. Hopefully we will hear something official from HTC soon.
Would you be interested in a budget tablet from HTC?