The Flyer is HTC’s crack at the tablet world.
And Carphone Warehouse has just stuck the 7 inch Android slate with twin cameras on pre-order, although the initial price point is disappointingly high.
If you want a Flyer, to be cleared for take off you’ll need to stump up no less than £600. The wi-fi Samsung Galaxy Tab tried to launch last year at £530, and that 7 inch slate has now been reduced to £300.
Admittedly, the Flyer has a 1.5GHz processor – but it isn’t dual core. Neither does it have Honeycomb, but just Android Gingerbread initially. It does come with 3G, mind, and a stylus, but none of this really adds up to £600 in our view.
Acer’s 7 inch Iconia Tab is set to launch next week, with the 3G version costing £400, and that has Honeycomb on board (although its weakness is just 8GB of storage, versus the 32GB memory of the Flyer).
Compared directly to the rival iPad 2 with 32GB and 3G, the Flyer costs £20 more, which seems a pretty unrealistic price point to be pitching in at. HTC Scribe pen or no pen.
It’s quite possible that the price will be cut between now and the expected retail release, which Carphone Warehouse pegs at May. We would think so, as being pricier than Apple is not a good thing.