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January 21, 2011

HTC Flyer, another for the tablet bandwagon

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by Darren Allan

HTC doesn’t want to be left out of the tablet game, now that Samsung, LG, Motorola and Rim have slates to rival Apple‘s.

The news that the HTC Flyer is on the way, to be announced at Mobile World Congress, means that all the big mobile manufacturers have a tablet out or on the way, except Nokia (although a MeeGo slate is expected to be unveiled at some point).

According to T3, sources at component suppliers have spilled the name and details of HTC’s baby. Reportedly a 7 inch slate (the type Steve Jobs poured scorn on last year), little else is known about it save the fact that it will run Android 2.3, Gingerbread (with an upgrade to Honeycomb to be pushed through).

We’d imagine the device will come with hybrid smartphone features like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. Release is expected surprisingly soon, March in the US, and the second quarter of this year in Europe; but remember this is all speculation and those dates could well slide.

And if one tablet wasn’t enough, HTC plan to launch another two after this, which will run Honeycomb and be available mid-summer.

Will HTC be off to a Flyer with this first launch? We’re not convinced sneaking it out before the stiff competition from the Motorola Xoom and BlackBerry PlayBook arrives, not to mention the iPad 2, will help too much.

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