When the HTC Flyer — HTC’s 7-inch tablet — was first announced, information on the device was abundant to say the least. Now that things have calmed down a bit, let’s take a look at what we know.
First up on the list: hardware specs. The Flyer could have the best software out there, but if the specs don’t match up, why bother? Here’s what we’re looking at:
420 grams (14.82 ounces) with battery; 7 inch touch-sensitive screen with 1024 X 600 resolution; 1.5 GHz single-core processor; 1GB of RAM; 32GB internal storage; 5MP auto-focus camera; 1.3MP front-facing camera; 4000 mAh battery; Wi-Fi; GPS; Bluetooth 3.0; HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 900/AWS/2100 MHz Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; HTC Scribe technology; and aluminum uni-body construction.
As you can see, the hardware’s good, but it’s not great. Fortunately for HTC, software is one of their strong points.
You may have noticed something odd in the picture above: buttons. Didn’t Honeycomb tablets do away with buttons? Yes, they did. But HTC’s Flyer isn’t a Honeycomb tablet. To put it simply, HTC didn’t have enough time to get Honeycomb to their liking. So instead, they’ll be using a made-from-scratch tablet optimized version of Sense built on Android 2.4. From the demo videos and pictures swirling around the Internet, it looks fantastic. But as we’ve seen before, looks can be deceiving. We’ll reserve further judgement until the Flyer is planted firmly in our hands.
Another good looking aspect of the software is the pre-installed apps on the Flyer. There’s On Live for some intense gaming, HTC Watch for “Hollywood on-demand,” kid mode, photo editing software, and of course the most interesting aspect of all, Scribe.
Scribe is HTC’s new N-Trig developed stylus technology. At first glance, it may not seem like more than your average capacitive stylus. Upon further inspection, you’ll see that HTC has spent a lot of time building Scribe into the core of the OS. There’s custom apps, menus, settings — the works. To get a better look at how Scribe is going to work, be sure to check out the demo videos below.
Availability isn’t being very openly discussed right now, but according to the original presser, the “HTC Flyer will be available to customers globally during Q2 2011.”
Last but not least, you wanna see this thing in action right? Here’s a couple of hands on videos and a promo spot for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.