HTC Puccini 10.1-inch Android tablet with dual-core 1.5 GHz processor will ship this summer
If you thought that the Flyer was the only tablet up HTC’s sleeve, well, you were very wrong. We’ve been hearing more and more this month about the Puccini, the Taiwanese manufacturer’s upcoming 10.1-inch offering, and now Digitimes reports that volume production for the tablet will start in June.
The HTC Puccini will presumably become available in shops soon thereafter, probably still in the summer (even if late summer) – so it will most probably make it before the all-important ‘back to school’ shopping season in the US. And one can obviously see why that’s important, with children, teens, tweens, and students in general a big focus for tablet makers (or they should be, if they aren’t).
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The HTC Puccini will be a beast of a device, at least when it launches. So far we haven’t heard of anything more powerful. It will have a Qualcomm dual-core 1.5 GHz processor under the hood, and according to “sources in the supply chain”, will run Android 3.0.1 (which probably means Android 3.1 to you and me). On top of Honeycomb will sit HTC’s own Sense UI, customized for tablet use, if screenshots leaked a while back are to be believed.
Apparently, the Puccini will have a touchscreen that will accept both capacitive and resistive input (if that’s even possible – this may just mean that the tablet will come with a capacitive stylus like the Flyer). HTC does seem intent on continuing to differentiate itself from the competition in the tablet market by focusing on something that’s been thought long dead: the stylus. It’s certainly an interesting strategy, but it remains to be seen how it will all pan out.
And if the Puccini will be priced like the Flyer has been in its class (read: a lot more expensive than any of the competition’s offerings), another thing which remains to be seen is if people are willing to pay a great premium for the aforementioned stylus input, and for Sense UI.