We’ve been keeping track of HTC’s little project from the time they announced it at MWC 2011. Since then we’ve gotten hold of its specifications and just recently were made aware that HTC will use Foxit as their default PDF reader. Well, at a press conference in our nation's capital, HTC officially unveiled the Flyer for a rather bold street price of Rs.39,890 for their flagship model.
Here’s a quick look at the specifications once more.
• 7-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1024×600
• 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi ‘n’
• GPS with Digital Compass and G-Sensor
• Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
• 5MP Autofocus camera, 1.3MP front camera
• 1.5GHz CPU with 1GB RAM
• 32GB Built-in memory with expandable microSD card slot
• Android with HTC sense
HTC haven’t really mentioned what version of Android will be running on the Flyer but if what we reported back in Feb holds any truth then it’ll probably be v2.4. That doesn’t really matter since you’ll be getting HTC’s wonderful Sense UI making its debut for the first time on such a large screen, so it should be like using any HTC phone, only bigger. New to the Sense UI is HTC Watch. This collaboration with OnLive Inc. brings the first cloud based mobile gaming platform to tablets. Other services include HTC Scribe which is a hand writing recognition program while HTC Watch let’s you download HD movies.
The HTC Flyer is priced right against the iPad 2 and if Acer launches their 3G version of the A500 then we have quite a tough competition in the high end tablet space. Plus, Motorola will be launching the Xoom any time now with Honeycomb 3.1 so HTC might want to reconsider their pricing if they hope to move any products off the shelf. Feature wise, the three Android tablets are pretty similar. The A500 and the Xoom have an edge over the Flyer with Tegra 2 dual-core CPUs even though they run at a slower speed. Now with Android 3.1 adding support for dual-core CPUs, this could spell trouble for the Flyer in the months to come.
Publish date: June 27, 2011 4:32 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 8:05 pm