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HTC gets back into tablets with Flyer: 1.5GHz, Android 2.4

updated 03:40 am EST, Tue February 15, 2011

HTC Flyer arrives at MWC

HTC this morning kicked off the launch of a slew of new hardware headlined by its first tablet in years. The Flyer revolves around an uncharacteristically fast 1.5GHz processor and a seven-inch, 1024x600 display. It's also the first known device to be shipping with Android 2.4, a new but relatively mild upgrade to Gingerbread (2.3); Google didn't give it enough time with Android 3.0, HTC said.

In an unusual turn, the Flyer is coming bundled with a capacitive stylus for those that want handwriting, though it won't be as necessary as on earlier HTC slates.

A new version of the Sense UI is onboard optimized for the larger screen and comes along with bundled apps. HTC is making use of its OnLive deal to provide the streaming gaming service for those on the road. Saffron Digital is providing HTC Watch, an online video download and streaming store.

The tablet has the same aluminum unibody frame as the Legend or Apple's iPad and is equipped to be up to date with modern tablets, including a five-megapixel back camera, a 1.3-megapixel camera at the front and a microSDHC slot for expansion. Battery life may be atypically low, though, at just four hours of non-stop video on the 4,000mAh pack. HTC hasn't given out web browsing estimates.

The Flyer should ship worldwide during the spring. OnLive's presence makes a North American launch probable, but no carriers have been named so far.

Reentering tablets is a significant turnaround for HTC. It was once one of the more enthusiastic Windows tablet supporters and had crossover devices like the Windows Vista-based Shift and the Windows Mobile-using Advantage, but their high prices and slow sales led to a quick exit. The iPhone in part hastened their departure as it shifted the entire touchscreen market away from styluses and full PC features to finger touch and mobile.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. SmokyFrosty

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    Joined: Jan 2011

    -5

    YES!

    YES HTC!! BRING IT COME ON!!

  1. lamewing

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    Joined: Aug 2004

    0

    Caveat

    I am interested as long as HTC doesn't tie this tablet to a 2-year data contract. If they do, I will pass. If HTC does the same as Apple and allows for a month-to-month purchase of 3G service...then we are talking (at least until I get an iPad 2 in my hands).

  1. lamewing

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    Joined: Aug 2004

    +6

    Battery Life

    And the other shoe drops...I just read the battery life for video playback is about 4 hours. Fraking....Frelling....F$*%&#(#

    How hard is it to optimize battery life and/or put in a decent sized battery!?!?

  1. Eldernorm

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    Joined: Sep 2007

    +5

    @lamewing

    "How hard is it to optimize battery life and/or put in a decent sized battery!?!?"

    Well, it appears to be harder than most of these plastic case makers are capable of.
    Hardware optimize
    Software optimize
    Battery improvements

    It takes all three. Hey, many laptops still use AA cells in their battery cause its cheaper,,,,, but hey, you can swap them out. :-)

    Just saying,,
    en

  1. dliup

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    Joined: Jan 2006

    +7

    fail giant phone

    4 hours = phone battery level, not tablet. FAIL.

  1. xmlaroux

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    Joined: Oct 2010

    +3

    Stop!

    Your telling me you get more than 4 hours of battery life with constant HD video content on an iPad?

    I seriously doubt that. More than seriously. You may watch a 1.5 hour movie, then surf, then turn it off... then surf the web some more, read some email.

    This article states "Battery life may be atypically low, though, at just four hours of non-stop video on the 4,000mAh pack. HTC hasn't given out web browsing estimates."

    I would recon that means 8-10 hours of normal use. Which, is plenty.

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