Rumor Mill: HTC's LTE-ready 'Puccini' tablet headed to AT&T

HTC's second tablet for the U.S. market could be hitting AT&T Mobility's (NYSE:T) forthcoming LTE network, according to recently unearthed FCC documents.

The tablet, codenamed "Puccini," recently passed through the FCC's certification process, according to the blog Engadget. The blog noted that the 10-inch device sports support for AT&T's 850 and 1900 MHz spectrum as well as support for AT&T's 700 MHz band classes. Representatives from AT&T and HTC declined to comment.

Little is known about the tablet, but according to multiple reports, the device will run the Honeycomb version of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform and sport a 10-inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, along with a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon processor. If AT&T does launch the HTC tablet, it would likely go up against the Samsung GalaxyTab 10.1, which Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) plans to launch this summer as an LTE tablet, as well as the Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI) Xoom, which is expected to get an LTE upgrade this summer. 

AT&T last week named its first two LTE devices ahead of the launch of its forthcoming LTE network. The carrier will provide both a USB modem and mobile hotspot device from Sierra Wireless. AT&T has not said when it will launch LTE or what its pricing will be, but said in late May that Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio will be its first five LTE markets. The carrier expects to deploy LTE across 70 million POPs in 15 markets by year-end.

For more:
- see this Engadget post

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