HTC’s place as a smartphone maker has been somewhat questioned lately when considering poor sales and rough earnings figures, but the company’s lead executives still look to the future and how the company can continue to innovate. In a recent discussion with Financial Times, when tablets were brought up, it wasn’t a question of if HTC would launch one, but when.
When the tablet comes out it will be something nice and disruptive. There are a lot of devices to innovate, ubiquitous intelligence is not just wearables.
That was said by HTC’s chairwoman Cher Wang, who was seated right next to the company’s CEO Peter Chou. So clearly, if her quote is taken literally, HTC is definitely working on some type of tablet and they have high hopes for it.
What has us more excited (possibly), is the CEO’s mention of future wearables from the company. When questioned on the current offerings from Samsung (Galaxy Gear), Pebble, and other manufacturers, Chou comments that the products are just too gimmicky and don’t meet any consumer needs. He states clearly that HTC, if they do end up making a wearable, will need to release a mature and more advanced product in order for it to succeed. Apparently, HTC is currently throwing around a few ideas internally on what would make people focused on their watch and not any other offerings currently on the market.
What do you think – should HTC continue its forward progress and push out a new tablet and even a smartwatch? Is there anyway they could make it not gimmicky?