HTC held a media event today to unveil their highly anticipated Android tablet, the HTC Flyer. The HTC Flyer is scheduled to be available in May. Read on for the coverage.
Wayne Tang, product manager of HTC Singapore, says that the company did well in 2010 with sales of 25 million handsets, which is double the figure shipped the year before, and revenue grew 93% while the global brand awareness grew more than 50% as compared to 18 months ago whereby the number was 15%. Tang also introduced the new HTC Flyer, the manufacturer's first Android tablet with HTC Sense.
"One thing that really sets HTC devices from other devices on the market today, is the great experience you get with HTC Sense. Today, we are expanding the experience of HTC Sense from smartphone, to tablet. And with the new Sense, the HTC Flyer features an immersive 3D user experience that brings to life, all your favorite content – weather, email and even ebooks."
Tang then introduced the HTC Scribe technology that is incorporated the tablet which lets users take notes, draw pictures, or scribble using a special Magic pen, and you can save or share with friends.
In addition, the HTC Flyer will come with HTC Watch that allows users to watch Hollywood movies on the fly and the service is scheduled to be available in Q4 this year. Good news is, the tablet which is selling next month, will come with HTC Watch Lite that enables you to watch movie trailers. The company is still negotiating with OnLive gaming, to offer cloud-based gaming in Singapore. OnLive gaming is currently available in the US.
The HTC Flyer has a aluminium unibody and feels solid. It is a 7-inch tablet which is similar size to the Samsung Galaxy Tab that was launched in November last year.
There aren't many physical buttons on the HTC Flyer. On the right are the volume controls.
The power button and 3.5mm audio jack are at the top, while the 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and capable of capturing 720p high definition videos is at the rear. There is also a 1.3-megapixel front camera for video conferencing.
The HTC Flyer comes with the magic pen that lets you write or draw on the display, even on the home page. According to HTC, the pen uses a single 4A battery.
So how much is the HTC Flyer? It is priced at S$1,068 before telco subsidies. Quite expensive compared to the Motorola Xoom which run Android 3.0 and with a retail price of S$888. However, the company says that the HTC Flyer will be upgradeable to Android 3.0 with the HTC Sense UI, though no word as to when the upgrade will be available.