Adding to the now-legion number of currently unconfirmed quad-core devices linked to HTC, a fresh rumour has emerged suggesting the Taiwanese tech-giant will release a new quad-core tablet in the new year.

Tech site Pocketnow reported that HTC's CEO Peter Chou had revealed not only that the mysterious new tablet existed, but also its exact tech spec. According to Pocketnow the Quattro super-tablet will house the same Nvidia AP30 Tegra 3 as the HTC Edge. Additionally the device will reportedly be bigger than Apple's current iPad 2, housing an impressive 10.1-inch, 1,280 x 768 screen.

Not stopping there, Pocketnow reported Chou as confirming that the device would boast 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage -- upgradable via its very own microSD card slot -- and a 2-megapixel rear camera backed up by an even less impressive 1.3-megapixel front facing snapper. Gilding the lily, Pocketnow reported that all this would be contained in an uber-slim 9mm thick case.

Prior to the new rumour, previous speculation about the new tablet suggested that the company would release a new version of its existing Flyer tablet in the new year. News of the new Flyer tablet broke earlier in 2011 when, as reported by Reuters, HTC CEO Peter Chou indicated that the company was planning to make a new tablet.

"It's a market we would like to try and test, to see whether we can make ourselves stand out and prevent a me-too product," Reuters quoted Chou as saying. Outside of the vague announcement, HTC revealed no other details about the mysterious new device. It's currently unclear whether the remarks reported by Pocketnow refer to the same tablet hinted at in Reuters' report.

At the time this article was written HTC had not responded to requests for comment regarding the authenticity of Pocketnow's report.