According to this story over at DigiTimes, Asus spin-off Pegatron will manufacture an Android-based tablet PC for handset maker HTC. The report hasn’t been confirmed by Pegatron, but DigiTimes’ sources are usually pretty reliable.
So, what might this HTC tablet entail? According to the report, it’ll offer a 1280×720 display. Under the hood, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 system-on-chip will run the show alongside 2GB of memory and a 32GB solid-state disk. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS functionality will all be included, and thanks to Tegra, I’d expect hardware-accelerated video playback with both local content and streaming Flash.
We don’t have an availability date yet, but we’ve seen a few tablets pushed to 2011, presumably so they can enjoy the fruits of Android 3.0. Start saving pennies now; DigiTimes says the HTC tablet will cost $25,000 New Taiwan dollars, which works out to just under $790 in greenbacks. Apple’s 32GB iPad sells for only $599, although before passing judgment, keep in mind that HTC’s U.S. pricing probably won’t be determined solely by an exchange rate conversion. Nevertheless, it seems unlikely that this rumored tablet will undercut the iPad’s price.
Of course, Apple is also rumored to have an updated tablet set for debut in the first quarter of 2011. No wonder Best Buy is clearing floor space to showcase such products—it’s going to be a crowded market indeed.