HTC files for trademark on tablet


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The iPad may have some competition coming from HTC, the Taiwan company that makes mobile phones using Google’s Android operating system.

On Dec. 26, HTC filed an application for a trademark on a product called the HTC Scribe, described as a ‘handheld wireless device, namely, a tablet computer,’ with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The company has made no official announcement yet regarding a tablet.


Bloomberg News reported based on a statement by Richard Ko, an analyst at KGI Research, that HTC may launch a tablet during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week or during February’s Mobile World Congress.

Apple sold 4.19 million iPads in the last quarter, which ended Sept. 25.


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