HTC plans to launch three tablets in the first half of 2011 in a bid to beat the Motorola XOOM and RIM's Playbook to market, say sources.
The first model, the Flyer, will begin shipping to the US market in March and is likely to arrive into the UK in Q2, according to handset component supplier sources
Speaking to Taiwan-based DigiTimes, the sources claimed that the Flyer, which looks like an large version of HTC's Desire smartphone, will run on Android 2.3.
HTC will launch the Flyer tablets to beat the launch of RIM's PlayBook in March and Motorola's Xoom in April, the sources said.
Users will be able to upgrade the OS to Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) whenever the new OS is available, the sources claimed.
The Flyer will be available in other markets, including the UK, in the second quarter of 2011. HTC is expected to launch the two other tablets in June running on Android 3.0, sources said.
An HTC spokesman said: 'We do not comment on rumour and speculation.'