Seems like everyone wants a piece of tablet action these days including apparently smartphone maker HTC. Bloomberg news is reporting that on December 26th the company filed for a trademark of a new device with the US Patent and Trademark office (not pictured above). The patent describes the gadget as a, “handheld wireless device, namely a tablet computer” and reveals its name to be the HTC Scribe. That certainly has us pumped up for CES, which happens next week.
Batting a bunch of handset hits this year such as the Evo 4G, DROID Incredible, and G2, HTC could enter the tablet arena to a big consumer reaction. HTC phones have become very popular among the mobile enthusiast community since its devices have traditionally been friendly to customized hacks and software upgrades. If a tablet by the company offers that kind of flexibility, Honeycomb (the next update to the Android mobile OS), plus a slick interface like an updated version of HTC’s Sense UI tailored to tablets, then heads will turn.
Now pair all that with some nifty new hardware like a dual core processor, and perhaps 4G LTE wireless broadband access, and man you’ve got one smoking slab of tech. Such a product could shake up the tablet market, giving current tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and even Apple iPad some stiff competition. An HTC tablet entry could also take some thunder out of the expected Motorola Xoom and RIM Blackberry Playbook launches. We’ll be watching for new developments closely as we cover CES live from Las Vegas.