MWC 2011: HTC finally gets into the tablet game with the 7 inch HTC Flyer

Summary:I have been waiting patiently for a 7 inch HTC Android tablet and it looks like the HTC Flyer may be the one for me. I have to see how it does with a bit lower specs than the flashiest new ones, but this may keep the price reasonable too.

I love my Samsung Galaxy Tab and there hasn't been a single new tablet that has interested me because I want something in the 7 inch form factor. It looks like HTC may have just jumped to the top of my want list with its HTC Flyer 7-inch Android tablet. This baby has some decent specs, great form factor, and features that appeal to me.

Specifications for the HTC Flyer include the following:

  • HSPA radio, including AWS for T-Mobile USA
  • Quad-band GSM
  • 1.5 GHz single core CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB Flash storage
  • 1024x600 resolution display
  • Aluminum unibody construction
  • Dual cameras (5 megapixel on the back and 1.3 megapixel on the front)
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • microSD card slot
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • Integrated GPS receiver

HTC also has a pressure sensitive capacitive stylus and technology that is supposed to give you a "groundbreaking pen experience".

Interestingly, the Flyer will ship with Android 2.4 and not 3.0 Honeycomb like the other new high-end Android tablets. Then again, HTC will offer its customized Sense stuff on there that might rival Honeycomb features.

I will have to see this in action before deciding on one, but have time since it won't be out until Q2 2011.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, HTC, Mobility, Tablets

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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