It wasn’t a question of IF, but WHEN HTC would debut a tablet device. And that day is today as the company announced the HTC Flyer.
It has a 1.5Ghz processor, which should make for some speedy operation on its 7-inch 1024×600 touchscreen. It will ship with Android 2.4, which doesn’t competitively align it with Motorola’s Xoom or Samsung’s Tab 10.1, since both of those will ship with Android 3.0, otherwise known as Honeycomb.
However, it will include a stylus, rear facing 5 megapixel camera with the ability to capture 720p HD video, front facing 1.3 megapixel camera, microSD card slot and a new version of HTC Sense UI to accommodate the Flyer’s 7-inch screen. There is one caveat to all that spec goodness, though. The Flyer will pack a 4000 mAh, which means moderate battery times. HTC says it will playback video for up to 4 hours and although they have yet to mention the web surfing capabilities, we’d wager a bet that they’re about the same.
While the Android market will be available for purchasing apps and games, HTC is also tossing OnLive‘s gaming platform into the mix, which should provide not only a competitive edge over the iPhone, but an awesome selection of games. Keep in mind that you’ll need an OnLive gaming controller as well as a fast Internet connection.
And yes, you’ll be able to make calls from the Flyer since it will include Quad band connectivity.
Sorry, no word on a price, carrier or launch date.
- 4.8″ x 7.7″ x .52″ (WxLxD)
- Weighs 420 grams (.92lbs).
- Include 32GB of built-in storage
- 1GB of RAM
- MicroSD card slot
- Ambient light sensor
- Digital Compass
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- micro-USB input
- GSM quad band connectivity
- Bluetooth 3.0
- WiFi b/g/n