CTIA kicks off Tuesday in New Orleans, and if any major tech company has a tablet launch planned for the wireless industry tradeshow, it’s the best kept secret in technology. As of Sunday before the show, there have been absolutely no rumors, leaks, or major events announced to suggest new hardware will emerge. But that doesn’t mean we won’t see any new devices.
Last year at CTIA, Samsung used the spring event to launch the well-received Galaxy Tab 8.9. This year, Samsung has not announced an event, and actually held one last Thursday in London to unveil the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. While Samsung will probably use CTIA to show off the S III to a wider audience, it may also quietly announce new tablets. After all, it did not have an official launch event at Mobile World Congress in February, but it still outed the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which drew a lot of attention at the show, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1-inch.
Or maybe not. Once again, no rumors have leaked regarding future Samsung tablet plans. The same goes for LG, which will be in attendance, but hasn’t released a tablet Stateside since the LG G-Slate, which was one of the first Honeycomb tablets.
What about Huawei? At the last CTIA in October, it stole the show with the SpringBoard after Samsung pushed back the Galaxy Nexus and Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling. Huawei has since taken the wraps off the quad-core MediaPad 10 at Mobile World Congress. Perhaps it will have a new device to show, or maybe info on MediaPad availability and pricing, which was unavailable at MWC.
HTC will also be at CTIA, and they are long overdue for a new tablet as it was the first to bring active pen technology to Android slates, and has done nothing since launching the forgettable HTC Jetstream late last year. HTC already unveiled a handful of smartphones for 2012, so it is certainly due… but perhaps just not yet.
Waiting on Computex?
We previously speculated that the next major tablet launches will take place at Computex, which is slated for June in Taipei. There, we will likely see the ASUS Google tablet and perhaps even a new device from HTC, which is based in Taiwan and will have a presence at the show for the first time. The lack of buzz leading up to CTIA only reinforces this belief, but it’s not as if this show will lack any news. At the very least, former US President Bill Clinton is scheduled to give the day 3 keynote.
Maybe he’ll announce a tablet.