Rumor Round Up: Asus Teases More Eee Pads, iPad 2 Getting USB, HTC Names Tablet

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The tablet market is rife with rumors and leaks, especially before CES 2011 where scores of new devices are expected to be announced and on display. So what does the rumor mill have for us today?

Asus Eee Pads Appear, Disappear

Asus has been very slowly and deliberately teasing its upcoming Eee Pad lineup, first with the EP121 video, then with a series of product shots. Well, the Taiwain-based notebook and component maker may have slipped up and released another teaser video early, featuring the same “school-room style” as the EP121 video.

Asus quickly pulled the video, but not before Italian gadget blog eeepc.it could grab some stills showing off the new Asus Eee Pads.

Apparent in the video is the Eee Pad EP121 that was already revealed; the Android-powered EP102, a 10-inch device featuring a slider keyboard (perhaps that is what Asus was teasing earlier this week); the 10-inch Windows 7 EP101 transformer tablet PC with removable dock, which seems to closely resemble the innovative Lenovo U1 hybrid tablet/notebook; and the EP171, a 7-inch media player that may include a stylus for taking notes.

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HTC Files Tablet Trademark

Android smartphone maker HTC has filed a trademark application for the term HTC Scribe, which, according to the filing, is for a “handheld wireless device, namely, a tablet computer.”

Rumors of an HTC tablet have been surfacing since this summer when the DigiTimes reported on the device specs, which included multi-touch display (1280 x 720), 32 GB SSD, 2 GB storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, all powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor.

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iPad Getting USB?

Finally, the next-generation iPad may be getting a USB port. Mobile-gadget insider and former Mobile Review blog editor Edlar Murtazin tweeted this week, “Talked with (my) colleague (who’s) working with some ODM vendors connected with Apple. He is research guy. According to his sources, iPad2 will have usb port.”

The current Apple iPad only has a 30-pin slot for external connections. Apple offers a camera connection kit for importing photos over USB.

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