Report: HTC prepping Android tablet with Tegra 2, 720p display

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.

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    • ssidbroadcast
    • 9 years ago

    Android tablet, eh? Man, the Tegra chip can’t catch a break…

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 9 years ago

    So, they will all come out at the same time? I’m getting a little tired of waiting. But waiting I will be doing. Just need the competition to kick in.

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    Interesting… Still, I’m waiting to see what the hp WebOS tablet will be like. I’m hoping for an Ontario-based system, but that’s probably too much to ask for…. Even a Zacate system would beat this and the crop of Atom-based systems though.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      zacate looks quite attractive. even if it’s only 8 hours, i’d rather that vs tegra

        • Voldenuit
        • 9 years ago

        Yeah, there’s a point above which extra battery life is not that useful, and I’d rather they use the headroom for:
        a. a lighter product
        b. a faster system
        or c. a combination of the above.

        The exception would be in something like a smartphone where I would generally go for a slower model that lasts 5 days on a charge (like the Nokia N8) to a faster one that I have to charge every day (like the Evo 4G). Nothing like breaking down on the highway in winter with no way to call for help.

        • Hattig
        • 9 years ago

        The problem is that tablets have small batteries, holding typically 25 watt hours in a 10″ device (iPad), and less in a 7″ device. The iPad draws 2.5W in use (mostly display, but additionally CPU, RAM, wifi, 3G, etc), so it has 10 hours battery.

        Zacate draws 18W under load. So let’s go down to Ontario, which draws 9W under load (albeit at a lower clock speed). Let’s assume that it’s average power draw is 3W because a tablet isn’t going to be doing a lot of processing most of the time, just waiting on user input. Add on a 2W southbridge as well. That would give it a 4 hour battery life at most. More likely power draw higher, so it could be 3 hours…

        The sad thing is that in the end, Apple’s iPad pricing is looking good compared to these new tablets coming out at high price points, with smaller displays or cheap TN displays.

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