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Tablet Fever: Is there a new model in the pipeline for HTC?

There has been no end to the amount of reports on new tablets that are set to bombard the market, from the Apple iPad Mini to the Amazon Kindle Fire 2.

Now reports have surfaced that Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC is set to wade into the mix by launching another tablet, the first in the UK since the introduction of the 7-inch HTC Flyer in May 2011.

Although follow-ups to the Flyer, such as the HTC Jetstream, have been launched in the US, those in the UK will have to wait with bated breath to get their hands on a tablet upgrade.

The new HTC: What we can expect

A 10-inch screen graces the Jetstream and HTC may take a ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ approach to its latest offering.  A larger screen may also help to set it apart from its rivals such as the 7-inch Galaxy Nexus 7.

The new tablet is also expected to come loaded with the forthcoming version of the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), Google’s mobile operating system, which is set to be launched later this month.

Benefits of the OS, according to some reviews, include efficient search & notification updates, a smooth & fast user interface and an excellent system performance.

The £600 price point for the Flyer didn’t prove a massive hit for customers, and with other new tablets coming in at between £160 and £299, HTC may adjust its prices for its forthcoming tablet accordingly.

The new HTC: Why there’s always room for one more tablet

A recent survey revealed that consumers are increasingly turning to tablets instead of PCs to carry out day to day activities.

Based on a survey of users in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, the following top five tablet activities were identified: checking email (81 percent), reading the news (69 percent), checking the weather forecast (63 percent), social networking (62 percent) and gaming (60 percent).

“The rapid adoption of media tablets is substantively changing how consumers access, create and share content”

Said Carolina Milanesi, a research vice president at Gartner, which carried out the research.

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