Finally, HTC has entered the tablet market at Mobile World Congress with the HTC Flyer Android tablet, which combines what HTC calls “natural touch and pen interaction” with Google Android and the HTC Sense UI in a 7-inch tablet form factor.
Don’t call it just another Honeycomb tablet however, as the HTC Flyer will ship with an older version of Android, perhaps Gingerbread. In fact, HTC claims its Sense UI will provide the bulk of the tablet experience through a “gorgeous 3D home screen” and a “unique carousel of widgets” that put “a user’s most important content and information at the visual center of the experience.”
Perhaps the most intriguing Flyer feature is its pen functionality, which will be similar to the Asus MeMO unveiled at CES. The pressure-sensitive stylus (the MeMO will have a pressure-sensitive screen) will work through HTC’s Scribe technology for note-taking, and feature synchronization with Evernote. Users will also be able to record audio while jotting notes for playback through the HTC Flyer Timemark feature.
Through the stylus resembles a thick Wacom or N-trig pen, the HTC Flyer will not have a digitizer and notes cannot be converted into text.
(Update: N-trig reps have confirmed the Flyer features N-trig pen and multi-touch display technology. N-trig Gary Baum also confirmed the Flyer will have palm rejection technology.)
Specs and Build
The 7-inch Flyer will sport an aluminum unibody build and weigh just under a pound. It will feature a 1.5GHz processor, 7-inch capacitive TFT display with a 1024 x 600 resolution and 1GB of RAM. It will ship with 32GB of internal storage that is Micro SD expandable.
For connectivity, it will support b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP for wireless headsets, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It will have the standard 5 megapixel rear-facing and 1.3 megapixel-front facing digital cameras, internal GPS, ambient light sensor, g-sensor, and digital compass. It will support Flash 10 and HTML5.
HTC claims its Flyer Android tablet will get about four hours of video playback from the battery.
The Flyer will also feature HTC Watch, which is the company’s on-demand HD video download service, and OnLive, a cloud-based gaming service that allows users to pipe games to HDTVs or play them on the tablet.
Price and Availability
The HTC Flyer is expected to ship worldwide in Q2, and there is no word on price. TabletPCReview will have a hands-on report on the new pen-driven tablet soon.
Flyer in Action