Scribe patent points at HTC iPad rival

HTC could be the latest in a long line of wannabes hoping to steal Apple's tablet crown.

The company, which was first to market with a smartphone powered by Google's Android operating system, has applied for a patent for the name 'Scribe' and the smart fingers are pointing at an iPad killing device which could be unveiled at this year's CES in Vegas.

The filing is here.

Analysts at IDC have been gazing into their crystal balls and told Bloomberg that the new device will, "compete on pricing, and could be as good or better," than Apple's genre-defining iPad.

Samsung's seven-inch Galaxy Tab is the only other Android tablet making inroads into the prodable PC market but at $700 or more leaves a nice gap for HTC to fill.