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HTC Android tablet may pack Tegra 2, 720p screen

updated 11:35 am EDT, Mon September 20, 2010

HTC tablet would aim for speed crown, high price

HTC's rumored Android 3.0 tablet may aim for the high end of the space to claim an edge over Apple. A purported leak from component suppliers has it getting a very sharp 1280x720 screen as well as NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 250 processor to drive it. The Digitimes contacts also gave it an unusually large 2GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in flash storage.

Along with typical Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi, the tablet was presumed to have 3G and would carry a relatively high starting price. Estimates of its price put it at $790, or more expensive than the lower-spec but otherwise comparable $729, 32GB iPad with 3G.

Taiwan's Pegatron would be the manufacturer, but the decision if final could cost it valuable Apple sales. The former ASUS manufacturing arm has reportedly been tapped for CDMA iPhones, but it may lose some of these or other orders if HTC goes through. It's unclear if Apple would go this route, as it regularly has to use suppliers that make directly competing products.

HTC hasn't publicly committed to a tablet and has officially taken a hesitant approach to the idea, but the early success of the iPad may have forced its hand to act or else be left out. The company was once an early advocate of tablet-like devices, but its use of Windows and very early tablet-oriented processors gave them bulk and poor battery life that didn't take off with buyers.



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  1. iphonerulez

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    This price for a comparably equipped Android

    tablet to the iPad makes sense to me. I just couldn't believe any company could come out with a fully-featured quality tablet the size of the iPad for $399. I'm curious what the Droidtards are going to say about an HTC tablet at this higher price range. I'd think they're getting a fair deal with those specs but those cheapster fAndroids will probably think they're getting stiffed. The Droidtards really believe that some company can build some inexpensive fully-featured tablet and still undercut the iPad by $100. They'd only end up with some cheap Archos-type device which I doubt that most consumers would want.

    I sure hope Apple can exert some leverage with Pegatron to not manufacture these HTC tablets until mid-2011 which would give the iPad 2 some breathing room. Let HTC keep churning out the world-beating HTC-made Android smartphones. Since Android is supposedly going to take over the mobile world, no sense in giving them too much of an advantage.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    you compete with the consumer

    trying to strong arm the manufacturer to not manufacture some of their other product lines is a dubious, anti-competitive practice, at best.

    Simply not practical, more like it.

    Apple doesn't need 'breathing room' for the iPad 2, they are ahead on the tablet front, and can remain ahead - they do need to simply improve on the design - adding back the features they purposely cut - like the front facing camera - is an obvious choice.

    A range of sizes, would be nice as well.

    As far as Android undercutting Apple's price - they already do that, some of the earliest tablets came in at $199 - whether they are 'full featured' I guess just depends on the features you want. Certainly the cheaper tablets are not as robust as the more expensive ones.

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010

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    Verizon 720p iPad announced at CES?

    Let's put a few puzzle pieces together. Apple has supposedly bought millions of CDMA chipsets, Verizon's CEO will be delivering a keynote speech at CES in January, and Steve Jobs has said that sooner or later the App Store will hit Apple TV. What can we make of all this?

    I wouldn't be surprised if the CDMA chips will be put into Verizon-capable 2011 iPads. It's possible that Verizon could offer no-contract monthly 3G access. Or maybe they'll offer a low subsidized purchase price for iPads with data plays. Either way, that would be big enough news for Verizon's CEO to announce at CES.

    Now it's time for some math. iOS for iPhone and iPod touch is currently at 960x640 pixels. But I would be surprised if the next iPad doesn't have a 1280x960 screen. It's a simple 4/3 multiplication to get from 960 horizontal pixels to 1280 horizontal pixels with little loss of visible sharpness. iOS Apps could be scaled up until the developers have time to update their graphics and/or GUIs if necessary. And a 1280x960 iPad would be able to show 720p video at native resolution.

    Eventually, when the App Store is brought to Apple TV, iOS 4.x apps could be scaled up to HDTV resolution with simple 2x line doubling. 960x640 doubles to 1920x1280. And HDTV resolution is 1920x1080. This is exactly what Apple does for iOS 3.x apps on iOS 4.x.

    Utimately, "universal" iOS apps could be targeted at 1920-pixel resolution from the start and scaled down by 2/3 for the 1280-pixel iPad and by 1/2 for the 960-pixel iPhone and iPod touch. Simple. (The hard part being remotely controlling multi-touch apps on Apple TV, but that's another story...)

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