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HTC Flyer Confirmed By Second Source

by Sean P. Aune | January 25, 2011January 25, 2011 11:02 am PDT

The HTC Flyer, the first tablet from the well-known phone maker, looks set to be launching its own 7-inch tablet.

We reported yesterday that the HTC Flyer looked to be the first tablet to be coming out of the company, but details were sketchy at best.  Amobil, the same site to break the original story, has been able to get a second source inside of the company to provide them with details on HTC Flyer specs:

  • Technologies: HSPA – speeds up to 14,4 / 5,76 Mbps, DLNA
  • Camera: 1.3 megapixels secondary, 5 megapixels primary
  • Communication: Skype pre-installed video conferencing
  • CPU / Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255
  • Storage/Memory: 4 GB ROM, 1 GB RAM
  • Skjerm: 7-inches, 1025 x 600 pixels, capasitive screen with stylus
  • Connectors: HDMI
  • Memory card: Unknown (presumed Micro-SD)
  • OS / User interface: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, HTC Sense adapted for tablets

The biggest surprise is that even with Honeycomb not far off in the distance, HTC is choosing to go with Android 2.3 Gingerbread as the operating system.  Apparently the company wants to get this product as quickly as possible, and waiting for the tablet-specific version of Android is not an option for them.  Digitimes is reporting that HTC wants this product on store shelves in the United States by March, which would theoretically put it out there before the iPad 2 which has been rumored for an April release.

Oddly, the HTC Flyer was not shown earlier this month in Las Vegas, but that could be because the company didn’t want to be lost in the sea of 100 tablets shown at CES.  We can grasp why the company wants to get this out as quickly as possible, but not launching with Honeycomb seems silly at this point.  The majority of the praise heaped on the Motorola XOOM was based on the demonstration of the new version of Android, and going with Gingerbread really won’t separate this from other competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

What say you?  Do you have any interest in yet another Android tablet not running Honeycomb?

[via Amobil]


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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