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HTC may be gearing up to release its own Windows RT tablet

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Not too many people would argue that the Windows Surface tablet is struggling to keep up in an industry that has long been dominated by the iPad. So we weren’t really too surprised when we discovered that, in an effort to help increase sales, the company is opening up manufacturing to outside companies, according to NPD DisplaySearch.

Rumor of an HTC-designed Windows RT tablet has floated around for some time, but now it looks like the Taiwanese company may be close to launching one. According to NPD, HTC began production earlier this year.

Of course, since this is all speculation, we can’t be certain. But speculate we shall!

The tablet is expected to sport a 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel HD display, manufactured by South Korea’s LG Display Co. Since HTC implemented a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset in two previous tablets, as well at the HTC One, we’re expecting the same for this new tablet.

HTC entered the tablet world in February 2011, with the Flyer, an ultra-portable 7-inch tablet, and followed up with that later that same year, in September, with the Jetstream, a 10.1-inches device, available on AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

Neither device did very well and, since then, it’s been all quiet on the tablet front for HTC. Collaborating with Microsoft may very well be the perfect way for both companies to boost sales.