HTC's recently launched Flyer is the company's first Android tablet after it launched a UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) back in 2007. Not yet running Android 3.x/Honeycomb but Android 2.3.3/Gingerbread and HTC Sense 2.1 for Tablet, the aluminum unibody device is powered by a Qualcomm single-core CPU at 1.5 GHz. Available in two flavors with or without WWAN, the 3G version supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1700/2100 MHz plus Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n, aGPS and the Android typical ambient light and G-sensors as well as a digital compass. The HTC Flyer sports a Gorilla Glass protected and scratch resistant capacitive 7" WSVGA LCD touchscreen.
Optimized for thumb-use, the Flyer comes with a digital stylus which uses HTC's new HTC Scribe technology which allows the natural act of writing. The HTC Scribe technology introduces a wave of integrated digital ink innovations that make it easy and natural to take notes, sign contracts, draw pictures, or even write on a web page or photo. The stylus has two buttons which are used for common tasks like highlighting or erasing.
The autofocus main camera on the back, which comes without a LED flash, has 5 megapixel allows to record 720p HD videos. The front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera can be used for video telephony and chat as well as self-portrait photos. The Flyer comes with 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM which can be expanded even further with microSD memory cards up to 32 GB. At a size of 195.4 x 122 x 13.3 mm, the tablet weights 420 grams - including the Li-ion battery.
Supporting all Google Mobile and Android services, the HTC Flyer comes with a special tablet version of HTC's own user interface called HTC Sense. This HTC Sense 2.1 for Tablet is a mix of HTC's Sense 2.0 and the recently introduced Sense 3.0. Also typical for an HTC Android device are the touch sensitive menu keys under the screen. However, the Flyer features two pairs of menu keys - one to be used in portrait mode and one to be used in landscape mode.
The HTC Flyer is now broadly available across Europe and the suggested retail price for the WiFi only version is 499 Euro and 699 Euro for the 3G version.
Cheers ~ Arne