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HTC tablet seen arriving in early 2011 with Android 3.0

updated 10:55 pm EDT, Tue September 14, 2010

HTC Android 3 tablet slated for early next year

HTC's rumored Android tablet gained some support today with a slip that puts it in early 2011. The Taiwan part suppliers didn't give Digitimes much more but said it might use Android 3.0. The company might lean heavily on its existing teamwork with Google and cellular carriers to promote the tablet, implying that it should have 3G.

Use of Google's new mobile OS is likely as Acer's tablets and those of other firms arriving at the same time have all been rumored carrying the new version as well. It should be the first version of the OS with tablet optimizations and may reduce the need for custom interfaces like HTC's Sense UI, although the company has rarely avoided customizing an Android device outside of the Nexus One.

HTC South Africa executive Quinton Leigh hinted it might have 1080p video recording and 5.1-channel surround sound earlier this year. The claims are still tenuous, but Leigh also effectively leaked word of HTC's HSPA+ phone plans, which ultimately manifested in the T-Mobile G2 and could be given an international spin with new phones expected tomorrow.

Publicly, the company has been hesitant to leap into tablets given the glut of models on show, but a tablet if real would make the statements a cover story for its work. HTC was heavily involved in tablet-like devices years ago through crossover hardware like the Shift but had exited after they failed to catch on. Apple's iPad has rejuvenated the category in a new form, however, and may have left rivals such as HTC reconsidering their positions.

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  1. facebook_Justin

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    Oh wow look at that! Assdroid 3.0! Can't wait to see what great new features that brings! Maybe it will bring Adobe Ad Player 12, now featuring Multi-Crash® to allow your browser to crash over and over and over again! Way to go, Shitgle!

  1. Durandalus

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    iPad 2

    Just in time for the iPad 2 ;-)

  1. slapppy

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    Late Again

    Thats OK HTC master will talk about how they were at it for 5 years and now its ready. Just happens to copy Apple is pure coincidence. lol

  1. testudo

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    Re: Late Again

    Thats OK HTC master will talk about how they were at it for 5 years and now its ready. Just happens to copy Apple is pure coincidence. lol

    So, if a company comes out with a tablet, say, this summer, they're just rushing c*** to the market without putting any effort or thought into it.

    But if they actually put effort and thought into it, they're 'late to the party' and should just go home.

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