The HTC Flyer puts a new spin on the 7-inch Android tablet, arriving with an innovative "Active Stylus" for onscreen doodling and note making
A Preview of the HTC Flyer
Launched at February's Mobile World Congress, the Android-toting Flyer is HTC's first attack on the quickly-expanding tablet market.
Adopting a similar form factor to the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the HTC Flyer sports a 7 inch 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen. It's not your average display however, as HTC has equipped the tablet with its very own "Active Stylus", for on screen doodling and handwriting. It's arguably the devices selling point, as HTC has stuffed the flyer full of specific "stylus-optimized" apps for note making and scribbling in digital ink.
The display also arrives dressed in HTC's Sense UI, which has been revamped for larger screened devices with its 3D display and "carousel effect" menus. This almost makes up for the handset's lack of Honeycomb, but HTC promises an upgrade from Android 2.2 "soon".
Media-wise, the HTC Flyer sports dual cameras, a 5 megapixel snapper round the rear, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing alternative for video calling. More multimedia goodies, can be downloaded from HTC Watch, while cloud-based gaming will be provided by OnLive.
Other specs include HSDPA and WiFi connectivity for surfing the web, a speedy 1.5GHz processor, 32GB of storage with microSD expansion and a chunky 4000mAh battery.
The Silver/White HTC Flyer will be hitting the UK in Q2 2011, and will be available on subsidized deals with Three.
A full review will be published here once the phone has been released.
HTC Flyer News
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HTC Flyer Specifications
195.4mm x 122mm x 13.2mm
Full capacitive touch screen
Type: TFT LCD
Size: 7.0 inches
Resolution: 1024 x 600
Interface: HTC Sense 3.0 UI
External: microSD up to 64GB
A-GPS with maps
Up to 14.4 Mbps download speed
Up to 5.76 Mbps upload speed
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack
Data: Standard microUSB
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
5.0 megapixel camera
Front facing camera with video calling
Battery Capacity: 4000 mAh
Standby Time: 820 hours
Audio supported formats
Playback: MP3, AAC+, WAV, AMR, WMA
Recording: AMR, AAC
Video supported formats
Playback: 3GP, MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV