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Aug
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HTC has been sitting out the tablet game for a while now. After the monumental failure of the Flyer and the Jetstream, the Taiwanese manufacturer has kept its nose out of the slate market. If these images are to be believed, though, the company is at least considering new ideas. Some very strange ideas at that. The pictures show a tablet that has one abnormally large bezel area, while the three others are normal sized. The odd thing is, the giant bezel is on the bottom.

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The images look very obviously Photoshopped, though the story may not end there. The most evident bit of modifications is the screen. The display is very crudely added in post.  Other elements might also have been edited in, like the camera or the logo, though this is unlikely. What does appear to be the case is that someone at HTC commissioned a team to take a non-functional demo unit out and do a photo shoot with it. Whether or not it makes it to production is anyone's guess.

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The design itself is rather odd. It does kind of make sense to have just a single edge with a larger bezel. The extra surface area gives you room to grip, but by having three smaller sides, you can increase screen size without bulking up the device itself. The Nexus 7 takes a similar approach by making the top and bottom bezel wider than the sides. However, the single edge limits some of the positions it could be held in.

This is particularly a problem because, for some bizarre reason, both the rear and front cameras are centered on the bottom of the device. While cameras on a tablet are of questionable utility to begin with, it's hard to imagine HTC thinks these angles will be better for those that do use them. The company has had some flops, but is generally known for some good hardware design. If this manages to slip out the door, it would be a shock.

Most amusingly, the design seems to be reminiscent of an iMac. Particularly when placed in a dock, as we see in one of the images. The usual jokes about Apple suing somebody aside, the design manages to straddle the line between looking good and looking absolutely awful at the same time. We'll see what comes of it. This tablet may be an unreleased product, it may be a design exercise, or it may be a very clever ruse. Time will tell.

Oh, and it's worth pointing out that these images are coming from the back-from-the-dead @evleaks Twitter account. It's difficult to confirm if the same person is operating the account as it appears to have started brand new, but the old @evleaks was pretty reliable. So add another layer of mystery to this already interesting story.

Source: @evleaks

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • the1who

    Oh I'm so waiting for Apple to sue for the color white on this tablet...please keep me informed!

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    • Semianonymous

      I don't know why it says that was a guest when I posted it but ok Its the default iPad wallpaper, if thats not clear enough

    • http://www.facebook.com/wizkey2011 Wiz Key

      Yeah, I thought that too.
      I think it looks like a little iMac in tablet-formfactor.
      But it look with the dock like a little tv. If it would be so, then I would buy it :)

    • GazaIan

      To be fair, Apple used that wallpaper without the original creators permission. It would be quite dicky for anyone to call it a copy when Apple technically stole to begin with.

      On the design side though, this thing looks like an iMac.And front and rear cameras on the bottom... No. Dislike.

      • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

        "It would be quite dicky for anyone to call it a copy when Apple technically stole to begin with."

        Uh, I think there was a whole trial about that recently...

      • JG

        Didn't Microsoft do something similar with XP's Bliss wallpaper? They paid the guy dirt cheap for a one-off photo, and then ended up shipping it as the default wallpaper. Thus the photographer only got a fraction of what he should have for as often as the image was reproduced... Or am I just making that up/confusing it with some other story???

    • Kokusho

      blame the photoshop guy who choosed thoses screenshots

  • http://twitter.com/namd88 Nam Dang

    http://cdn.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/nexusae0_htctab7.jpg
    This image is so photoshoped. How come the edge is blurred whereas the screen is crisply clear?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Well, we already determined it's photoshopped. The question is, by whom - HTC designers mocking things up or some trolls?

      • KuZy Rogue

        I think that picture was made by Apple(or fanboys) so that HTC will be accused by blog-reading-people of copy... same like samsung

      • http://twitter.com/namd88 Nam Dang

        Judging by the quality, I doubt this was done by any professional designer...

  • krazyfrog

    Looks like an iMac.

  • Kokusho

    Give it Tegra 4, high resolution display and a good pressure sensitive Pen and you got my money.

  • Kokusho

    It looks kinda an imac but only on picture.
    Imagine both device side by side, the imac being a 27'+ alluminium giant and this tablet being a slim 10' piece of nice plastic (like the One X)

  • http://twitter.com/nodushiv Rahul NS

    I like it.

  • Rudy Belova

    apple minion: It's not a triangle sir.
    Queen Cook: OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!

  • PINJ

    HTC iMac

  • L Boogie

    I'll prefer it was a tablet form of the lovely One X and kill the large bezel plus the usual android 4.1, 2 GB ram, 9000mah (for sense and the sweet display etc), super ips+, tegra 4/s4 pro, etc but let's see if/when the concept becomes official though not for this receiving court papers for copying iMac nevergonnabe clone

  • Mārtiņš Belte

    I like the design. I am guessing that this will never come out, but I sure like the idea of one side being wider.

  • Freak4Dell

    "The odd thing is, the giant bezel is on the bottom."

    Why? If you're going to have one edge of the bezel that's larger than all the others, that's the one that makes sense. It gives you something to hold onto.

    The camera position is just straight up weird, though, as is it looking like a hybrid between an iMac and an iPad. Hell, that camera on the front kind of looks like the Apple logo in tiny pictures/at long distances.

  • CESAROX

    What if HTC is trying to out Apple's tablet patents by "leaking" a tablet that hits all of Apple's sweet spots?

  • Dan

    Why all of the whining about the cameras being on the "bottom"? There's a newfangled thing coming soon called autorotation. Duh. For the very limited amount of time spent using the camera, you flip it so the camera is up. The rest of the time, it makes perfect sense for one bezel to be wide enough to actually grip it without touching the glass. Using the tablet in portrait mode, that wide bezel is awesome. Why would I want 1/2" at the top and 1/2" at the bottom? Having 7/8" at the bottom and 1/8" at the top is hugely more functional.

    For everyone getting ready to scream, "I use my camera 87 hours a week!". Shut up. You're abnormal. Get over it. For most people, the camera on their tablet is largely a novelty. Proof that I'm right: most front facing tablet cameras are garbage, everybody knows they're garbage, and the tablets still sell just fine. Say I'm wrong. Dare ya.

    Now, a few design changes. First, make one of the side bezels wider too so it's easier to hold in landscape mode. Second, shift the battery towards one corner so it moves the center of gravity towards to the two large bezels. That would suck a little bit for lefties though. Oh well, they're evil anyway.

  • najibu bukenya

    my najibu bukenya i need to bye a htc