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

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.

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

    It is sweet. But need Honeycomb on it.
    Patcheko80
    • RE: MWC 2011: HTC finally gets into the tablet game with the 7 inch HTC Flyer

      @Patcheko80 Who cares, have you seen honeycomb personally? Who's to say it's not buggy. Plus HTC's sense is awesome, much better than the standard android interface.
      Zlatko.Lakisic
      • RE: MWC 2011: HTC finally gets into the tablet game with the 7 inch HTC Flyer

        @Zlatko.Lakisic agreed. i dont like original android ui, htc sense makes it a lot better and practical. i dont see any advantage of honeycomb on tables yet.
        bnlf
      • RE: MWC 2011: HTC finally gets into the tablet game with the 7 inch HTC Flyer

        @Zlatko.Lakisic

        That's a matter of opinion, I prefer the stock OS personally.
        kb5ynf
  • vaporware

    so let's see:
    - it doesn't have a price
    - it doesn't have a definite shipping date
    - it is the same 7" that made the galaxy tab such a failure
    - it will be stuck with 2.4 (as the galaxy tab is stuck with 2.3)

    only for matthew something like that could jump to the top of the want list. after all matthew still thinks that 6000 apps in the windows phone market place is an mazing start for that platform too.
    banned from zdnet
    • Except for

      @banned from zdnet
      the fact that it is not vaporware, I followed the link, it looks real to me and is available in Q2. It will have a price, I am pretty sure that it will, this was a product announcement. And except for the Galaxy tab selling very well and taking 15% of the tablet market, it doesn't sell well at all. And that "failure" is largely due to the 7" screen that most people WANTED instead of the bigger 10". Well, case and point, if you WANTED a 10", why would you buy a 7"? And as for being stuck on 2.4, that one I doubt, but time will tell.

      You may want to re-learn what vaporware is. vaporware are things that don't exist and are hand wavingly scheduled for delivery. This one is due in 1 month and demo units are in testers hands.

      TripleII
      TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
      • Galaxy Tab selling well. err...

        @TripleII <br><br>That Statistic of 15% market is from Strategic Analytics has been disproved already. <br>It was from Samsung supposed 2 million sales number. Later Samsung admitted it was sales to retailers and their sales to end consumers has not been great.<br><br>Samsung financial report:<br><br>"As you heard, our sell-in was quite aggressive and this first quarterly result was quite, you know, fourth-quarter unit [figure] was around two million. Then, in terms of sell-out, we also believe it was quite small. We believe, as the introduction of new device, it was required to have consumers invest in the device. So therefore, even though sell-out wasnt as fast as we expected, we still believe sell-out was quite OK."<br><br>later Samsung said that the term the wanted to use was 'quite smooth' instead of 'quite small' but smooth doesn't jive with 'sell-out wasnt as fast as we expected'<br><br>After the confusion and press reports as far as I can tell Samsung has refused further comment on the issue or released actual sales numbers (if sales were so good why don't they just release the actual sales figures?).
        Davewrite
      • Thanks Davewrite

        @TripleII
        Maybe my original prediction that the price would lead to mediocre sales was right. I do believe that if it was WiFi and $299, well, I would have one, I don't want a 10" tablet. Regardless, my main point was simply that the other tablet is not vaporware.

        Maybe ONE company will realize that you need to be 25% less (minimally) than an iPad and NOT force everyone into a carrier contract. I know of at least 4 people who would have bought a tab except that it costs too much and the "reasonable" price REQUIRES throwing $30 down the crapper every month to the carrier. :D

        TripleII
        TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
      • Well that was a polite reply

        @TripleII

        I have to say that was a polite reply you gave.

        Quite different from "posting is a combat sport" on ZDnet!

        good day
        Davewrite
  • RE: MWC 2011: HTC finally gets into the tablet game with the 7 inch HTC Flyer

    I agree with Matthew. Was hoping the Samsung Tab 2 would be the next step forward in the 7" form factor - adding power/options/versatility. Alas, it wasn't to be. I have no particular issues with the large 10" tablets other than I have no interest in owning one. Maybe an 8" would be worth a look... Anyway, the HTC Flyer is certainly interesting and while it does not have Honeycomb, I'm not sure I'd miss that too much. Let Honeycomb mature a bit and if it has something compelling to offer, I'd bet that an update would be soon available - either from HTC - or the good guys at SDK.

    The only thing in suspense re: the Flyer is the price tag. Peg it under $600 retail and it'll sell like hotcakes.
    Hawk521
  • My problem with this tablet, and all serious ones so far.

    I am so completely uninterested in being tied to a carrier contract to buy a tablet that when I read GSM in the spec sheet my interest drops to almost nil. I want a WiFi tablet, I will tether it to my phone, case closed. HTC, Motorola, Samsung, get a clue, the WIFI ONLY Apple Pads sell quite well too.

    TripleII
    TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
  • Don't need a cellular tablet

    I might consider this tablet if it came with wifi and no cellular or least an easy way to disable the cellular radio. I looked at the galaxy tab and while it looked pretty tempting, it is entirely too big to replace my phone and I am not going to add another line just to have the tablet. I know you can use a tablet without have the cellular service, but that cellular radio would still put a drain on the battery. There are many like myself that want a tablet with wifi and don't care about the cellular connectivity.
    tommcd64
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