HTC Puccini tablet: summer release say sources

Production of 10.1-inch slate will start in June

Digitimes reports that Honeycomb tablet is getting ever closer

The HTC Puccini, the Taiwanese tech titan’s much-mooted 10.1-inch Android Honeycomb tablet, remains in line for a summer release. That’s if supply chain sources speaking to Digitimes are on the money.

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The insiders claim that HTC has ordered thousands of 10.1-inch displays, with the slate now in its final testing phase. They say full scale production will start in June, suggesting a late summer release date.

Word is it’ll come with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm chip, as well as being compatible with the digital pen currently found on sale alongside the 7-inch HTC Flyer. Android 3.0.1 will be working overtime under the hood.

What this means for the Android Gingerbread-packing Flyer is unclear. All we know is that with HTC’s smartphone rep continually reaching new heights, the Puccini promises to be one hell of a device when it does finally launch.