In the UK, Three has started taking pre-orders for the HTC Flyer, the first HTC Android-powered tablet. We’ve known that this tablet was going to be sold by Three for quite a while now, and we’ve even heard some rumors regarding the pricing in the meantime. Unfortunately, those turned out to be only half-true.
Three will indeed offer you the HTC Flyer for £169 upfront, if you agree to being tied to a new 24-month contract for data. However, the monthly cost of that contract won’t be £25, as we’ve heard before, but £30.99. The contract will still offer you 15 GB of data traffic per month, which is a lot more than European operators usually offer. So if you know you’re going to be using up a lot of HSPA traffic with your tablet, getting a Flyer from Three in the UK makes a lot of sense.
As for when you’ll get the Flyer if you pre-order it today, Three estimates the earliest shipping date as being May 27. That means it’s only 11 days away. So, while you will still have to be patient, it won’t be for long.
Of course, getting the Flyer requires you to ignore the current 10-inch tablet craze and decide the smaller form factor of a 7-inch tablet is enough for your needs. Also, you need to keep into account that the HTC Flyer comes running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and not Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which is the tablet-optimized version of the operating system. HTC has promised an update, but no time frame has been given as of yet. If you do want to pre-order the Flyer from Three UK, go here.
The HTC Flyer has a 1.5 GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, that 7-inch capacitive touchscreen (with 1024×600 resolution), a 5 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, HSPA, GPS, Bluetooth, 32 GB of storage space, 1 GB of RAM, and a 4000 mAh battery.
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