HTC Tablet To Come Q1 2011, Runs Gingerbread

HTC may release its first Android-based tablet device early next year as it prepares its reply to similar products launched by LG, Samsung, Toshiba and Dell.

Digitimes reports that component makers in Taiwan believe that HTC will have a definite advantage over others because of the relationship it enjoys with Google and with mobile phone networks worldwide.

We believe that HTC will use the Desire brand to promote the tablet, just like Sony Ericsson uses the Xperia, LG uses Optimus and Samsung, the Galaxy.

A Q1 launch means that the tablet is likely to be powered by Google Android 3.0 (Android) which should be launched within weeks.

As for the hardware, we expect a 7-inch model with a HD resolution, two cameras, Sense UI, little onboard storage, 512MB RAM, Wi-Fi, a 1500mAh battery and possibly a HDMI port.

HTC is expected to launch the HTC Desire Z and the Desire HD over the next few days. The company did produce one tablet-like device before, the Shift, which didn't prove to be as successful as its other products.