HTC Flyer pre-orders have started in the UK, expected to be shipping mid-April
The Flyer is HTC’s first Android-powered tablet. And while it may not be running the specially optimized for tablets Android 3.0 Honeycomb (yet), it’s still an interesting device. It ships with a capacitive stylus, and has a display size of 7 inches, something made popular by the first ‘real’ Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab of last year. This tablet size seems to be completely ignored this year, as almost all the Android tablets announced so far have either 10.1-inch displays or 8.9-inch affairs. Perhaps every Android tablet manufacturer decided to listen to Steve Jobs, who’s known for disliking 7-inch tablets. Every manufacturer, that is, except HTC, who, perhaps in trying to boldly differentiate, have created the Flyer.
It was announced last month during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and for those of you in the UK it’s already up for pre-order from online retailer Clove.
In a blog post on the matter, Clove announced that the Flyer will be shipping sometime mid-April, which is when it expects the first stock of the tablet to arrive. HTC said that the Flyer will become available in the second quarter, but no one quite expected that to be so soon in Q2.
Anyway, Clove will sell you the Flyer for precisely £600, VAT included. That turns out to be a bit more than the 669 euros that Amazon Germany asks for it, but not by much. Is a 7-inch tablet powered by Android Gingerbread worth that much?
Well, you be the judge. And if you decide that the answer is yes, then by all means go to Clove and pre-order yours.