T-Mobile has filed with the U.S. Patent Office to trademark the name “SnapPad.” T-Mobile has been aggressively growing its tablet lineup, and the nature of the new device behind this patent/name is questionable, and could be any of several possibilities.
Of the several options for what exactly the SnapPad is, the one that would leave the most questions is that it’s an entirely new device that has been completely unheard of until now. Considering that patent filings contain very little information other than the name that is being considered, supplementary information on the SnapPad, if it’s a completely new and unique tablet, is next to nothing.
The SnapPad could also be a rebranding of an already announced, pending device. The current frontrunner would most likely be the HTC Flyer, which recently appeared in several T-Mobile ads. The Flyer was rebranded as the EVO View 4G for Sprint, and it wouldn’t be out of the question for T-Mobile to rechristen the Flyer as well.
There’s also an outside possibility that the SnapPad could be T-Mobile’s name for the Sony S2. This speculation has arisen because the S2 would fit the SnapPad moniker nicely, as it is a dual-screen device that can snap open or shut.
If the identity of the SnapPad comes to light, TabletPCReview will be sure to update with further information on the device.