HTC's tablet intentions have been well raked over in the past few months, and now a potential name for the upcoming slate has been unearthed courtesy of a new trademark filing. The "HTC Scribe" is described as a "handheld wireless device, namely, a tablet computer" in HTC's submission, while the name itself would seem to suggest some form of stylus.
Sprint has confirmed that a 4G tablet is incoming, with Paget Alves, Sprint's President of Business Markets, telling Forbes that the WiMAX slate is expected to arrive sometime in 2011. Alves declined to confirm the manufacturer responsible for the device, nor indeed the OS that it might run; the carrier currently offers a single (non-4G) model, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but the exec said there are plans to sell slates based on other platforms than Android.
The tablet market is certainly a hot one right now with the iPad selling in droves and cool Android tablets like the Galaxy Tab doing well. HTC is one of the more popular smartphone makers out there and its VP Jack Tong has talked a bit about the future of the company will look like for smartphones and tablets.
HTC has filed for a pair of US trademarks, and in the process has reignited rumors about a new MID or tablet device. The trademarks - for "HTC EVO Shift 4G" and "HTC EVO 4G Shift" - would certainly seem to imply some connection between the current HTC EVO 4G WiMAX phone on Sprint and the long-departed HTC Shift dual-OS tablet.
LG announced not too long ago that it would be delaying its tablets running Android in order to wait for a more tablet friendly version of the OS to run the tablets. Google says that current Android versions are not tablet friendly, despite other makers using the OS in tablets expected soon. A report from DigiTimes has surfaced that claims HTC's Android tablets are delayed significantly.
NVIDIA's second-gen Tegra 2 chipset is yet to set the world alight, but that could all change if DigiTimes' sources are correct. They're claiming that Motorola, ASUS and HTC are all among the companies placing orders for Tegra 2, with Motorola planning to use the 1080p-capable CPU in an upcoming smartphone while HTC and ASUS use it in tablets.
HTC keep protesting that they're not working on a tablet, and yet the leaks and rumors still keep coming. Today's - courtesy of DigiTimes' shady sources - claims Pegatron will be manufacturing the tablet for HTC, and even has a rundown of specs: most notably NVIDIA's second-gen Tegra 2 chipset and a 32GB SSD.
HTC's event today may be all about smartphones, but the company's simmering tablet plans are also getting some press. According to DigiTimes' sources at Taiwanese component makers, HTC is ramping up to release an Android tablet - potentially running 3.0 Gingerbread - in Q1 next year. It's unclear whether this slate is a different model to the unit HTC are said to be preparing for Verizon, which has been tipped to run Google Chrome OS.
Definitely one for the rumor-mill, but DownloadSquad claim to have heard from a source that HTC are building Google a Chrome OS tablet that will launch on the Verizon network in the US on November 26th. That's a Black Friday launch, leading to speculation that Verizon will couple the slate with some seriously subsidized pricing so as to lure in would-be iPad buyers.