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.