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HTC Vertex quad-core tablet leaks with Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC hasn't given up on tablets, as a benchmark reveals the company is crafting a new slate.

HTC hasn't given up on tablets, as a benchmark posted online reveals the Taiwanese company is crafting a brand-new slate. Could this be the "unique" device HTC has promised?

Dubbed the HTC Vertex, the mysterious tablet is an unknown quantity in terms of its design, but the benchmark -- posted at NenaMark -- reveals the Vertex will contain a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. That's the same chip that powers the mighty HTC One X.

The benchmark, which was first spotted by a Japanese blog, pegs the display as sporting 1,280x752 pixels, putting the screen resolution over the 720-pixel mark it needs to count as 'HD'.

Apart from that all that's offered is the operating system, which is Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. It's a shame not to see the newer 4.1 Jelly Bean cropping up, but as this mythical tablet is far from a final product, it's possible that the Vertex will have the latest edition by the time it goes on sale.

I've been disappointed with HTC's tablet efforts to date. Despite churning out some cracking smart phones, devices like the HTC Flyer have failed to impress.

HTC might be better off focusing on making phones, having been pushed off the Android top spot by Samsung, but it seems the company is determined to make tablets work. An HTC bod recently said a new tablet was en route, and that it would have "something unique to offer".

Intriguing, eh? Though based on these leaked specs the Vertex, while powerful, isn't offering anything I'd call 'unique' so far.

What would you like to see in the Vertex? Should HTC even bother taking on the iPad and Nexus 7? Let me know in the comments or on our Facebook wall.