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HTC files for trademark on tablet

HtcThe 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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Photo: HTC Corp. CEO Peter Chou speaks during the GSMA Mobile Asia Congress in Hong Kong in November. Credit: Ym Yik/EPA

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