HTC Flyer Tablet with Android 2.4 Announced

HTC has announced a new tablet device called the HTC Flyer. The Flyer has a 7 inch touchscreen that is also compatible with stylus input. It runs Android 2.4 which is an update to Gingerbread, but still called Gingerbread that brings Android 3.0 Honeycomb elements to the backend.

The tablet is also the first ever tablet that runs the HTC Sense UI. The stylus uses an active digitizer that makes it compatible with the capacitive touchscreen. By including this, they allow for those who want to use a tablet to scribble notes on with a pen rather than finger.

The HTC CEO, Peter Chou said that the company is heading in the direction of multiple devices as people begin to use both smartphones and tablets whilst on the move.

“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,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “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.”

The HTC Flyer is designed with an aluminium unibody and looks similar in design to what a number of their smartphones look like. Powering the device is a 1.5GHz processor. It has HSPA+ for connectivity, along with WiFi.

The HTC Sense UI has been developed for the larger screen and contains carousels of widgets that allow quick access to information that users want.

The active digitizer pen uses the HTC Scribe technology that allows users to scribble notes down, mark up web pages and sign documents/contracts.

The HTC Flyer tablet will be made available in the second quarter of this year. Prices and the exact release date are not known at the moment.

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