HTC has filed two trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the names "HTC Scribe" and "Scribe" in relation to a "handheld wireless device, namely, a tablet computer". This suggests that the company has plumped for a name for its forthcoming tablet device, and there's not a "pad" or "tab" in sight.

It is already believed that the company is readying an iPad rival for release in 2011, with Taiwanese notebook maker Pegatron Technology claiming that it has received a substantial order for Android-laden "PCs" from HTC, and the company's own CEO Peter Chou, hinting at a Mobile World Congress 2011 unveiling. However, details on its form factor and final operating system are yet to be confirmed:

"[Customers] may want Windows or Android," said Chou in an interview with "Or they may want big screen or small screen. They may want keyboard or tablet; HTC will let the consumer decide".

Either way, it looks as if we'll have to wait until February to find out for sure.

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