Is HTC developing an Android tablet? That’s the rumor following a DigiTimes report indicating the company recently placed orders for components from Pegatron Technology, a notebook supplier. In addition to the Google Android OS, the device is said to sport a multi-touch display (1280 x 720), 32GB SSD, 2GB storage, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS, all powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor. The tablet will also have access to the Android Market and what the DigiTimes refers to as “Chrome Web apps.”
Rumors surfaced last week, once again fueled by a DigiTimes report, that “Taiwanese component makers” had been contacted by HTC for tablet components. HTC, which is known for the popular EVO 4G Android smartphone and other high-end Android handsets, has a long history of working with Google. It’s not hard to speculate their relationship could extend to future tablet devices.
BlackBerry maker RIM has filed an application for the term “SurfBook” with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, prompting further speculation the Canadian smartphone manufacturer is working on a tablet device.
Thus far, the filing appears limited to RIM’s home country, any similar action with the United States Patent and Trademark Office has yet to be uncovered. In addition, information gleamed from the file provides no indication as to the type of device – or service – RIM intends for the moniker.
RIM registered the domain name “BlackPad.com” earlier this summer, fueling speculation in regards to its tablet plans.
Rumors circulated in June and July that BlackBerry is working on a tablet device. Specs varied according to the rumor, with some referencing an 8.9-inch BlackBerry smartphone companion and a 7-inch tablet with a 1 GHz Marvell processor that runs the new BlackBerry 6.0 OS.