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Cracking Open the HTC Flyer

Bill Detwiler cracks open the HTC Flyer. Inside this 7-inch, Android tablet, he found hardware from Elpida, Samsung, Qualcomm, and N-Trig.
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The HTC Flyer is the company’s first effort to grab a piece of the tablet market. We got our hands on the 7-inch, Android tablet and couldn't resist cracking it open.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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As of this writing, the HTC Flyer is available for $499.99 (US) from Best Buy. The current version only supports Wi-Fi connectivity, but HTC plans to launch 3G models later this year.

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Included with the HTC Flyer are a charger and USB cable. Unfortunately, the Flyer's most interesting feature, HTC Scribe, requires the purchase of a separate pen.
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The HTC Flyer weighs just under a pound (14.82 ounces) and measures 7.7" (H) x 4.8" (W) x 0.52" (D).
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The HTC Flyer has several nice tablet features (a touchscreen that supports both a digital pen and your finger, a 1.5GHz processor, and 16GB of storage), but its internal layout looks more like that of a smartphone than a built-from-the-ground-up tablet.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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