HTC surprised the entire tech community this fall when they announced the HTC 8X and 8S, especially since the handset manufacturer was a previous Android darling. Now it looks like the company has supplanted Nokia as Microsoft’s hardware partner as the two companies’ CEOs meet to discuss the future. HTC CEO Peter Chou has been working with Steve Ballmer to help create a large-screen Windows Phone device that will be a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note.
HTC had plans to launcha 4.7″ device soon, but scrapped plans because of the maxium resolution of 1280 x 768 in Windows Phone 8. Both HTC and Microsoft want to make sure that a flagship large phone similar to the Galaxy Note II meets every specification to please consumers who expect more from “phablet” devices. HTC needs this partnership more than any company on the market, as despite great Android offerings, sales have suffered over the past year. Will Microsoft be both Nokia and HTC’s savior?
[via The Verge]