Everyone and their grandma has an Android tablet in the works, so it makes sense that HTC will make a bid to capture some of the tablet market. New rumors have HTC placing tablet build orders through Taiwan-based Pegatron, with speculated specs that will have even the geekiest of geeks salivating for a taste. On tap for the HTC tablet will be the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and a capacitive multi-touch touchscreen that spits out HD 720p (1280 x 720) resolutions. But, it’ll come at a price.
The HTC Android tablet is rumored to be fitted with all the bells and whistles. We’re likely looking at a 1Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor (with a powerful GPU on board), 2GB of RAM, 32GB SSD drive for storage, 1280×720 HD 720p display (with multi-touch), WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, and support for the Android Market. That’s one helluva specs-sheet, but it won’t be cheap.
If current speculation pans out, the HTC tablet will hit market for just shy of $800, which is well above the base price for a WiFi-only Apple iPad. Keep in mind, though, the Tegra 2 system-on-chip processing package from NVIDIA will give the tablet the kind of multimedia performance that the iPad can only dream of. And, with HTC’s updated Sense UI and integration with the cloud-based features in HTCSense.com, the Android tablet could offer a more compelling user experience than the competition.
Of course, the Samsung Tab will be the benchmark to beat when it comes to tablets powered by the Google mobile operating system. The Tab offers similar specs to the HTC tablet, but also offers 3G voice and data service to ensure complete connectivity at all times. And, with a subsidized price-point cheaper than the speculated price of the HTC device, the Samsung Tab will likely be it’s toughest competitor. The Tab will also hit market first, which is a huge advantage.
Still, we’re looking forward to pitting the HTC and Samsung tablets head to head in the near future. That is, as long as these rumors are on point.