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iPad 2 Rival Alert : HTC To Unveil Quad Core Tablet At MWC2012?

The annual Mobile World Congress event that will be held in Barcelona next year is likely to see the launch of a number of new tablets including a quad core model from HTC.

The Commercial Times newspaper (opens in new tab) wrote that the company will be unveiling a new Android-based tablet with a system on chip from Nvidia, the Tegra 3, as well as two other Android handsets, possibly the HTC Ville and the Edge, which is also likely to be powered by Nvidia's Quad core chip.

Asus was the first major manufacturer to release a tablet powered by the Tegra 3 chipset. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime has almost the same specification as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 except for the different SoC, a camera with a higher pixel count and the ability to dock a keyboard accessory.

A new HTC tablet will almost certainly be a direct replacement for the HTC Puccini rather than the HTC Flyer, and may also come with the new Ice Cream Sandwich OS plus HTC's own new Sense UI user interface.

It will be interesting to see whether Qualcomm manages to convince HTC to switch to its own quad core system on chip instead. HTC diversifying its chipset sources could impact on Qualcomm's bottomline.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.