HTC has been conspicuously quiet on the tablet front, using the recent CES showcase to unveil the Thunderbolt smartphone while rival device maker Motorola wowed attendees with the Xoom Honeycomb Tablet.
According to the perpetual rumormongers at the DigiTimes, HTC may soon break its silence and release the Flyer, its first Android tablet modeled after the HTC Desire smartphone. The report is short on specifics, only stating the tablet will run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) when it ships in the March, and users will be able to upgrade to Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) when the Google tablet OS becomes available.
The report also notes that a March launch would get the HTC Flyer out into the market ahead of the Xoom tablet and RIM PlayBook. Neither the PlayBook or Xoom have confirmed release dates, but the DigiTimes claims the devices will launch in March and April respectively. An RIM rep told TabletPCReview at CES to “hold your breath” in regards to the PlayBook release date, suggesting the enterprise-friendly tablet is due for store shelves prior to March.
HTC may also launch two other Android Honeycomb tablets in June, according to the report.
HTC CEO Peter Chou suggested in an interview last month that his company will release several tablets of varying sizes and operating systems. “[Customers] may want Windows or Android; or they may want a big screen or small screen,” said Chou in an interview with Mobile World Live, “they may want keyboard or tablet; HTC will let the consumer decide.”