February 15, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
HTC has confirmed that it will deliver an Android-based tablet, and that tablet is the HTC Flyer. The Flyer, announced today at Mobile World Congress, is the first Android 2.4 tablet to run HTC Sense.
The HTC Sense-toting Flyer has a 1.5 GHz processor, 7-inch TFT screen (resolution: 1024 x 600), 1 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, HSPA+ connectivity, and a battery that gets up to 4000 mAh of power. There’s also a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus in the back and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video chat. The device runs Android 2.3 but an upgrade to 3.0 will come in the future.
The Flyer will also feature some great features based on HTC’s recent acquisitions of media and gaming companies. The Flyer will support HTC Watch, an on-demand service of HTC movie downloads, and OnLive, a cloud-based gaming service for support of titles like Assassin’s Creed and NBA 2K11. It will allow people to play these top level games without having consoles or gaming PC’s.
HTC is displaying the Flyer at MWC right now, so I’m off to wait in the long line to get an up-close look at the device. For now, here are the key specs.
- Processor 1.5GHz
- Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP for wireless stereo headsets Wi-Fi?: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 3.5 mm stereo audio jack Micro-USB (12-pin micro-USB 2.0)
- 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera
- Internal storage: 32 GB ROM: 1 GB Micro SD memory card extension (SD 2.0 compatible) The actual available internal storage may differ depending on the software configuration of your device
- Audio supported formats: Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9) Recording: .amr, .aac
- Video supported formats: Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3), .xvid (MP4 ASP and MP3) Recording: .3gp
- Weight:? Around 415 grams with battery, 195.4 x 122 x 13.2 mm
- Networks: HSPA/WCDMA: 900/AWS/2100 MHz Upload speed of up to 5.76 Mbps and download speed of up to 14.4 Mbps Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz Band frequency, HSPA availability, and data speed are operator dependent
HTC has stated that the Flyer will receive the Honeycomb update in Q2.