July 9, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
An HTC Android tablet should be at your local retailer, but it won’t be any time soon. At least not until HTC can come up with something unique, appealing, and having that “wow” factor to set itself apart from the horde of tablets other companies are developing.
HTC’s Online Community Manager, Eric Lin, told Pocket-Lint.com that HTC is considering a tablet, but they have yet to find the right way to deliver a device that compete with the iPad and other tablets. Standing out from the crowd is a major tenant of any HTC slate, according to Lin.
“You’ve seen how, at Computex, there were 80 different Android tablets,” [Lin said]. “So if we just release an Android tablet, then we’re one of 81… Whereas, if we have a compelling feature, a really compelling use, anything like that, then it’ll help us to stand out. It’s going to take a lot of work searching for that.”
A patent application filed by HTC in April revealed a concept device with dual-screens connected through a hinge mechanism. It’s still unclear if that device is compelling enough to meet HTC’s needs, runs Chrome OS, or if it’s just something that could fizzle out in the design labs. Either way, this isn’t an encouraging sign for anyone looking to score an Android tablet from HTC this year.