“HTC Corp., the world’s largest maker of mobile phones using Google Inc.’s Android operating system, may be developing a tablet computer to rival Apple Inc.’s iPad,” Olga Kharif reports for Bloomberg. “HTC, based in Taoyuan, Taiwan, filed for a trademark for a product called HTC Scribe, describing it as a ‘handheld wireless device, namely a tablet computer.’ The filing was recorded with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Dec. 26.”
Kharif reports, “A tablet would provide a new growth stream for HTC, whose sales more than doubled last quarter from a year earlier.”
MacDailyNews Take: We’re going to help Olga out here. Let’s see, where’s that Bias Eraser™? Oh, okay, here: “A tablet may provide a new growth stream for HTC.” There, that’s better.
Kharif continues, “The company hasn’t announced a tablet and Chief Financial Officer Cheng Hui-Ming said in October that HTC is ‘studying the market.'”
MacDailyNews Take: Frantically disassembling iPads, staring blankly at A4 chips, and praying that Our Lady of Perpetual Beta gets a fake iOS out that kind of works for tablets before summer.
Kharif continues, “Tablets have emerged as a top seller among consumer electronics this year after Apple released the iPad. That company sold 4.19 million units last quarter. ‘This will provide an alternative to the iPad,’ Will Stofega, program director at consulting firm IDC in Framingham, Massachusetts, said in an interview. ‘This will compete on pricing, and could be as good or better.'”
MacDailyNews Take: Now, we’ll help out Will with the ol’ Bias Eraser™: “This may provide an alternative to the iPad. This may compete on pricing, but Apple’s economy of scale will be tough to approach, so HTC’s margins will likely be thin if they try to match iPad’s pricing. And, for all I know sitting here freezing my ass off in Massachusetts concocting quotes, it could be as good or better, but, with history as my guide, the chances are exceedingly strong that it won’t be nearly as good and probably much worse.” There, that’s better, too.
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