Despite other manufacturers who have launched their tablet devices, HTC has none yet to compete in this space. But that could change next year as the Taiwanese company has filed a trademark to the names “Scribe” and “HTC Scribe” which hint at the possibility of the tablet device.
HTC, the world’s largest Android phone maker, has filed a trademark registration for the name “HTC Scribe”. The move could means that the company is intending to produce its own tablet devices to compete with the Apple’s iPad.
According to the documents, “HTC Scribe” is a handheld wireless device and specifically, a tablet computer. The new line of tablet will undoubtedly bring in new revenue stream; HTC’s revenue in Q3 has doubled year-on-year. So far, the company has not announced plans to get into the tablet market. In October this year, chief financial officer, Cheng Hui-Ming, said that the company is still studying the tablet market. After the Apple iPad was launched, the tablet devices have become top-selling consumer electronics this year; Apple has sold more than 4.1 million iPads in the third quarter.
Seeing the company’s strength in Android, we can safely assume the HTC Scribe to be on Google’s mobile operating system too. Online rumors suggested the tablet could be running Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, has a 1280×720 display, 2GB RAM and 32GB SSD.
We can expect to see a HTC tablet device soon, at either the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week, or Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2011.