updated 01:35 am EDT, Wed August 24, 2011
HTC Puccini, Jetstream spotted in person
HTC's first full-size entry into tablets, the Jetstream or Puccini, has at last been sighted live for the first time. Its 10-inch tablet is now known for certain to have the dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor and the AT&T-ready LTE to preempt any 4G iPad plans. Android 3 ships mostly stock, although there's some light customization in Engadet's view that includes HTC Hub for content like news and weather as well as Notes, presumably for Scribe pen input.
Also on show are a back eight-megapixel camera, a front camera, and 16GB of flash storage.
The Jetstream should be on AT&T's network as soon as September and could be the first non-modem LTE hardware on the carrier's network, along with possibly the first to be ready when the 4G network is truly active. HTC's pricing will be the major challenge, as it has to compete with the $630 iPad 2 and other 3G but still possibly cheaper slates.
HTC has so far had little success in the tablet market in 2011, having put out the seven-inch Flyer with muted sales. Its frequent link to 3G or 4G service and use of the non-tablet Android 2 platform have put it at a relative disadvantage.