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HTC Jetstream 10.1-inch tablet coming soon ... for $699.99!

Does a tablet with a $699.99 price tag have a chance at success?

You'd think that the debacle over the HP TouchPad would have taught tablet makers a lesson or two - but it seems that this isn't the case.

Exhibit A - HTC's new Jetstream tablet, its first Android 3.1 'Honeycomb' tablet. This is a 10.1-inch tablet featuring an HD display, Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera, 4G LTE/HSPA+ support and 1080p video capture and playback. It also features compatibility with HTC's Scribe pen.

The bitter pill - price. It's a hefty $699.99 and that's without adding in the cost of the data plan (a two-year contract adds another $35 a month).

Ouch!

Here's the full spec sheet:

  • LTE (700/AWS)
  • HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
  • HTC Sense UX for tablets
  • Display: 10.1" WXGA HD screen
  • Processor: Third-generation Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Camera: Front Facing 1.3 MP, Rear facing 8 MP and Dual LED Flash
  • Battery: 7,300 mAh
  • Expandable Memory: MicroSD up to 32 GB
  • Dimensions: 7" (l) x 9.87" (w) x 51" (d)
  • Weight: 25 ounces

Coming September 4.
On paper, this sounds like a pretty decent tablet, but the price tag will be painful for consumers.