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HTC smartwatch and tablet will launch “at the appropriate time” says CEO

The HTC smartwatch and tablet will only launch when HTC deems it “the appropriate time”.

Following the formal announcement of the Motorola Moto 360 and LG G Watch smartwatches, many expected to see HTC announce its own wearable.

However, speaking to the China Post, HTC CEO Peter Chou has confirmed that although the company is working on a tablet and wearables, they will only be launched “at the appropriate time”.

Sadly, he failed to provide any more details on either of the devices, but HTC is reportedly working on an 8.9-inch Google Nexus tablet that may be introduced in June.

In terms of wearables, Google has already revealed that HTC is a manufacturing partner for the Android Wear smartwatch OS announced earlier this month.

Both the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch have been revealed as Android Wear smartwatches to be released later this year.

Moving on to HTC One M8 sales, Chou believes the 2014 flagship will help HTC grab 8 – 10 per cent of the global smartphone market “in the long run”.

The launch of mid-range devices such as the HTC Desire 816 and the HTC Desire 610 will also help boost HTC’s position in the smartphone market, which is still dominated by Samsung and Apple.

Although HTC is pretty confident, Hong Kong-based CLSA analyst C.K.Cheng said “despite the better availability, the M8’s launch schedule is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S5, and HTC will struggle to fight Samsung’s massive marketing budget.”

In 2013, HTC had acquired less than 5 per cent of the global smartphone market share, so the latest range will definitely need strong sales for HTC to rise up the ranks.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8

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