The HTC flyer, the Taiwanese mobile device maker’s first tablet, has been officially released throughout Europe. The tablet that uses “natural touch and pen interaction” (rejoice, stylus lovers) will be available in 3G and Wi-Fi only models.
HTC’s first entry into the tablet market is a 1.5Ghz, 7-inch slab that comes bundled with an $80 stylus.
The 3G version of the tablet packs 32GB of onboard flash storage, but features a microSD slot for additional storage of up to 32GB. The Wi-Fi only version will have 16GB of onboard storage, yet its expandable memory is inexplicably limited to 16GB.
Both models come packaged with HTC’s “Magic Pen,” required to take advantage of HTC’s “Scribe” technology, which in theory sounds pretty practical and useful. The stylus is used to take notes that sync with audio recording, so that when a user taps on a word written in their notes, it automatically scrubs the audio file to the exact moment when the note was written. It also has built-in synchronization with Evernote, a popular notes-syncing service.
32GB 3G models will retail at €649 and the 16GB Wi-Fi only variant will retail at €499. At least one UK carrier, Three, will subsidize it to the tune of £169. It is available immediately in the following countries: UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania.
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