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HTC likely to unveil new 10.1-inch full-HD Windows tablet: researcher

TAIPEI--Taiwanese handset maker HTC Corp. is expected to launch a new tablet computer running Microsoft's Windows software this year, according to market research and consulting firm NPD DisplaySearch.

The new HTC tablet might install a 10.1-inch display manufactured by South Korea-based LG Display Co. with full-HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, or 218 pixels per inch, DisplaySearch said in a report released March 28 at its annual conference in Taipei.

The new tablet might be assembled by Taiwanese contract laptop maker Pegatron Corp. Further, some observers believe mass production began in the first quarter, DisplaySearch said.

Both HTC and Microsoft declined to comment.

In February 2011, HTC unveiled its first tablet to gain a hold in the booming market dominated by Apple Inc.'s iPad.

The 7-inch HTC Flyer, powered by a 1.5 GHz processor and Google Inc.'s Android operating system, supports high-speed HSPA+ connectivity that enables users to download streaming films and online games through cloud computing technology.

In September 2011, the Taoyuan-based company launched the 10.1-inch HTC Jetstream tablet supporting mobile carrier AT&T Inc.'s super-fast 4G LTE network in the United States, widening its portfolio of tablet models.

But HTC has not unveiled new tablets since then, following lukewarm consumer responses for the two devices.

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