New details about HTC's rumored Android-running tablet, the Flyer, suggest the 7-inch tablet, with a stylus, could arrive in March running Android 2.3.
smartphone maker HTC is planning an Android-running tablet called the Flyer
received a bit more backing Jan. 26, though the device still has yet to be
, citing an "insider who is familiar
with the company's plans," has offered specifications for the tablet and
reported in a Jan. 25 blog post that the Flyer will launch with Android 2.3, as
"HTC is eager to launch the product quickly, and has no time to wait for
Android 3.0 Honeycomb."
"Honeycomb" version of Google's Android is optimized for the tablet form factor
and is planned for competing devices such as the Motorola Xoom. To accommodate
the Flyer's speedy launch with 2.3, says Amobil, "HTC has made several changes
to the menu systems on the Flyer, incorporating HTC Sense. These adjustments
aim to create a smooth transition to a bigger screen than HTC's mobile phones."
specs, per the site, include a 7-inch capacitive touch-screen with a resolution
of 1,025 x 600 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4GB of ROM and 1GM of
RAM memory. It also reportedly has a 1.3-megapixel secondary camera and a
5-megapixel primary camera, as well as the Skype application pre-installed, for
putting that lower-resolution camera to video-chatting use. Also on board is an
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port for watching content on an
reportedly includes HPA, with speeds up to 14.4/5.76M bps. And less expected,
there's said to be a stylus included-which presumably can be used in addition
to finger input.
sources, HTC has also rigged out the Flyer so that it's "very lightweight" and
will additionally boast a "powerful battery."
reported earlier in January
that the Flyer will begin shipping to the
United States in March, followed by European markets in April, which may
explain the decision to launch without waiting for Honeycomb.
oddly, Amobil added that Apple's iPad has so far had "a limited number of
competitors." At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in January, nearly 100
tablets were on display. In addition, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress
event, beginning Feb. 14 in Barcelona, there's likely to be a good deal more-including,
perhaps, a formally introduced HTC Flyer.
HTC-made tablet indeed arrive in the spring, it will find itself in the company
of tablets from several HTC smartphone competitors. In addition to the Motorola
Xoom, the Research In Motion BlackBerry PlayBook is slated for arrival, as are
HP's WebOS-running tablets, rumored to be named
"Topaz" and "Opal."
IDC expects the tablet market to finish 2011 with shipments of nearly 45
million units and grow to just shy of 71 million units in 2012. While media
tablets have been counted apart from quarterly shipments of PCs, the devices
have had an impact on PC sales, aggressively competing with them for consumer
Canalys, in a Jan. 26 report, suggested that leaving tablets out of PC tallies
was "out of sync" and an old-fashioned approach to a new industry. By grouping
tablets with desktops
, netbooks, notebooks and industry-standard server
PCs, Canalys reported that during the fourth quarter of 2010 the PC market grew
19.2 percent from a year earlier. The inclusion of the tablets, which were of
course led by the iPad, had the additional effect of making Apple the
second-highest-ranking PC vendor worldwide.