HTC has confirmed its first tablet will be the HTC Flyer, which is launching on Android 2.4, with a Honeycomb update coming soon.
T3 was lucky enough to have a look at a (non-working) version. Constructed from a single piece of aluminum with white accents, it's stunning build quality follows the same high quality as the handsets, with a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel screen, although it's a lightweight 415g. When asked why it had opted for 7-inches like the Samsung Galaxy Tab instead of near 10-inches like the Apple iPad, an HTC spokespersion said it enables ‘truly mobile use,’ because it can be held with one hand.
Surprisingly the Flyer runs a single 1.5 Ghz - rather than dual-core - processor with 1GB Ram. It also runs a new version of HTC Sense that has been optimized especially for tablets, the interface now includes what's described as a 3D experience with widgets moving in space.
Built into the tablet is HTC Scribe Technology. Supplied with the device is a stylus, but this isn’t for navigation, instead it functions more like a pen, which you can use to annotate documents and sign PDFs using digital ink. New app Notes has been optimized especially and the Flyer even synchs with Evernote over the cloud.
Additionally Timemark lets you you start an audio recording while taking notes, they sync together, so when you tap on note it jumps to the right part of the audio track. It sounds a bit like the Livescribe Pen, but certainly gives the Flyer a unique selling point and something we can't wait to try.
HTC’s equipped the Flyer with a couple of new apps. HTC Watch for streaming hundreds of movies, while OnLive lets you play 3D games, with the capability to push the game to a TV over DLNA. It’s possible these apps will appear in future HTC products
Internal storage is 32GB and there's a Micro SD slot. 3G and WiFi only versions will be available, the tablets also support Bluetooth 3.0 and N WiFi. There's a 5-megapixel main camera and front-faceing 1.3-megapixel camera,.
Accessories include a pouch with in-built stand, desktop dock and Bluetooth keyboard. HTC wouldn’t be drawn on prices, but said because of its premium built it will be towards the higher end of the tablet market.
HTC Flyer release date: Early Q2
HTC Flyer price: TBC