HTC has revealed its long awaited first tablet, the HTC Flyer, which debuts HTC’s new connected video service, HTC Watch.
The Flyer will start shipping in Q2 this year. Prices have yet to be revealed but HTC says it is a high-end device and prices will reflect this.
HTC is also targeting the gaming community, cutting a deal with OnLive to launch the first cloud-based mobile gaming service on the Flyer.
The seven-inch tablet, which is powered by Google’s Gingerbread, comes with a stylus as well as finger touch operability.
Unveiling the tablet at MWC, Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation said: ‘ Clearly, smartphones have transformed our lives but as we observed how people use smartphones, computers and other technologies, we saw an opportunity to create a tablet experience that is different, more personal and productive. We are progressing down a path as an industry when people will no longer be in a single device paradigm, but have multiple wireless devices for different needs; this is the direction we are moving.’
Hardware features include a 1.5GHz processor, display with a 1,024x600 resolution and HSPA+ and Wi-Fi connectivity. A rear five-megapixel camera with auto-focus and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera is included. The Flyer will also come with a unibody design.
HTC claims the Flyer has a standby time of between 820 to 1,470 hours and around four hours of video playback. The device will weigh 415g, which is about the weight of a paperback book and slightly heavier than the seven-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab.