HTC Android tablet to be called Scribe?

Monday, January 3, 2011, 9:46 by Tech Correspondent

HTC has filed papers to trademark the name HTC Scribe and describes the product associated with the name as a “Handheld wireless device, namely, a tablet computer.” The Taiwanese firm filed its papers on Dec. 26, 2010.

Although this seems to be a clue to HTC’s tablet line up for 2011, it may be remembered that shortly before Research In Motion launched its PlayBook tablet, there were rumors based on some stray website registration papers and other documents that the company had trademarked the name BlackPad, which caused everyone to speculate on a new RIM BlackPad tablet, which doesn’t exist and probably never did.

However, this isn’t the first we’ve heard about HTC’s upcoming tablet. DigiTimes, which publishes news about technology in Asia and operates principally from HTC’s hometown, has spawned talk about the HTC Sprint tablet running on Android Honeycomb and an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. Tegra 2 is based on ARM chipsets.

The device has a 2GB RAM and microSD capacity of 32GB. The screen is said to have a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. There is still nothing to prove though that HTC’s Sprint is the same tablet that has the above mentioned specs. It is probable that HTC has more than one tablet coming up and that one of them is called Sprint while another has these features.

Honeycomb, incidentally, is very likely version 2.4 of the Android operating system, and not version 3.0 as was earlier believed. Android Honeycomb has been built for tablets and the first device to run on this OS is Motorola’s tablet, which will be available with Verizon Wireless in the United States. The tablet was exhibited by Google first, which means it is the Honeycomb standard, or has optimum hardware for Google’s new OS. The software company earlier collaborated with HTC for its first flagship smartphone called Nexus One, and for the second version, Nexus S, it chose Samsung.

Some of the most popular Android smartphones last year were from HTC. These included the HTC Dream, HTC MyTouch and HTC Hero. There are two big technology exhibitions coming up – the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas later this week and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month and HTC is expected to have a significant presence in at least one of them. According to Gayakuman.com, a technology news site, the chief executive of HTC, Peter Chou, said the new Honeycomb tablet won’t be available before February, so it will probably be unveiled in Barcelona this February.

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