Mobile World Congress 2011 is fast approaching, and you can bet that many interesting devices will get announced then. One of them seems to be HTC’s first Android-powered tablet. At first rumored to be called HTC Scribe, it has since surfaced that its actual name will be HTC Flyer. Up until now, all we had was that name and a projected shipping time frame of March in the US.
Now, Norwegian site Amobil has received full specs from a source, and they have confirmed the following information with a second insider who is familiar with HTC’s plans. It is, therefore, safe to say that these are pretty accurate details of HTC’s first tablet.
HTC will, as rumored before, aim to ship this device very, very soon, possibly to get it on the market before its competitors’ offerings. Therefore, the Flyer will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, because Android 3.0 Honeycomb probably won’t be finished by the time HTC’s engineers need the software. The Flyer will ship with a modified version of HTC Sense, meant to give the UI a more “desktop feel”.
The HTC Flyer will have a 7-inch touchscreen with a 1024×600 resolution. The processor powering it will be the Qualcomm MSM8255, the same unit that’s currently in HTC’s Android flagship, the Desire HD.
The new tablet will have HSPA support, with speeds up to 14.4 Mbps for download and 5.76 Mbps for upload. The Flyer will not be able to make voice calls. There will be an HDMI connector, as well as DLNA certification.
The main camera, on the back, will be 5-megapixel with LED flash and facial recognition, and the secondary camera for video calls will be a 1.3-megapixel unit.
The HTC Flyer will apparently be very lightweight, but no hard numbers are known yet. There will also be a very high capacity battery, but, again, no specific details are available yet. The Flyer will come with a capacitive stylus included.
It will start shipping in Europe sometime in April. HTC will also have a bigger-screened tablet ready in the second half of this year.
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