Are HP's Latest Trademarks Hinting At Possible Tablet Development?

"This is my Zeen. It is the key to my Airlife." These mysterious sentences are part of Hewlett-Packard's latest trademark filing and they cover "mobile computing devices and wireless lifestyles." Could this be a hint of possible tablet development?

Let's consider this: The Zeen name covers:

portable handheld device for receiving and displaying text and images and sound; computer software for use in transmitting and displaying text, images and sound; computer peripherals; computer hardware.

And the Airlife trademark is intended for:

handheld computers; personal digital assistants; mobile telephones; computers; computer hardware; computer software; computer peripherals

So, basically we're looking at a mobile computing device of some kind and a corresponding service.

While trademark filings aren't exactly always a reason to get excited, the NYT does point out that "it's unusual for HP to make a pair of filings within five weeks of each other that place such emphasis on handheld devices." There's not much to go from, but if one were to speculate about what HP could be planning, it seems like it's either a smartphone or, more likely, some sort of tablet device.

Here's hoping that Apple gets competition. [NY Times]

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