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HTC silent on development of tablets other than Nexus 9

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. (宏達電) declined to confirm or deny Tuesday a foreign media report that it is working on two more tablet computers in addition to its anticipated 9-inch premium device in cooperation with Google Inc.

Tech news site BGR cited a Twitter post from famous leaker "@evleaks" as reporting Monday that besides the Nexus 9, HTC might also launch tablets codenamed "T7" and "T12." The report did not reveal further details.

The HTC-Google Nexus 9 is expected to go on sale in this fall priced from around US$399. It will feature a 2K display, a 64-bit processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and the latest Android L operating system, the report said.

HTC declined to comment on the new products but suggested that it might return to the tablet market at some point.

"We can't comment on the details of our roadmap but we have previously confirmed that we continue to watch the tablet market with interest and will only introduce a new product to any category if we feel we can offer real improvements over the current competitors," HTC said.

HTC, which manufactured Google's first Nexus smartphone in 2010, has launched only two tablets of its own in the past but they have proved unpopular due to their relatively high costs.

The HTC Flyer was unveiled in April 2011, priced at US$499, while the 4G LTE-enabled HTC Jetstream was launched in September of that same year at US$849.

HTC shares rose 2.54 percent to NT$141.5 (US$4.71) Tuesday in Taipei, outpacing a 0.62 percent increase in the weighted index.

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