A First Attempt: HTC Flyer

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We knew it would come – but so soon? HTC announced that they would be releasing their first tablet computer, the HTC Flyer sometime during spring this year!

The tablet sports a 7″ capacitive LCD screen with 1024 X 600 resolution,  dual cameras, a 1.5GHz single-core processor, 1GB ram, GPS, Bluetooth, 32GB internal storage (expandable to a maximum of 64GB with the microSD card slot) and WiFi. It also is equipped with all the usual sensors like: An Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and a digital compass.

It will most likely run Android 2.4 Gingerbread (a fairly minor update to 2.3 Gingerbread) with a modified ‘tablet version’ of HTC sense – not stock Honeycomb as most of the new Android tablets will be shipping with. However, this does enable HTC to ship the Flyer before the Honeycomb has been released to get a head-start on the competition and HTC have promised that they will promptly roll out a Honeycomb update to the Flyer upon Honeycomb’s launch.

Sadly this is also likely to have some form of SenseUI I fear rather than the pure Google experience offered by the likes of Motorola with the Xoom. Of course I’d love HTC to prove me wrong – you’ve gotta love that new Honeycomb design language!

This tablet is a surprise one then because while we had all speculated that HTC would make an Android tablet at some time it had looked like they were going to be one of the later players in the tablet creation game. Apparently not.

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