HTC 7" Flyer Tablet Is All About the Digital Pen - HotHardware
HTC 7" Flyer Tablet Is All About the Digital Pen

HTC 7" Flyer Tablet Is All About the Digital Pen

Lest you be distracted by the new EVO View 4G tablet HTC launched with Sprint last week, HTC wants you to remember that the 7" Flyer is still coming. HTC introduced the flyer at World Mobile Congress in February and has promised a spring 2011 ship date.

While there's still no word on the actual ship date -- or the official price (an unlocked device is expected to be about $600), the company released a six-minute YouTube video showing off all the fancy features the Flyer will possess, particularly its one-of-a kind digital pen technology. The device looks like it will be geared toward students rather than businesses.

The Flyer has been creating some buzz, not all of it in a good way. While the (optional) digital pen and adaptation of the HTC Sense UI are earning praise, the fact that HTC is opting for a version of Android that is not Honeycomb is a head-scratcher. Will Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) apps run without a hitch on a tablet? (And why not go with the latest handset version of Gingerbread, Android 2.4, which is rumored to be out this spring, too?) Will there be enough tablet-optimized apps for people to choose this over the iPad? And does the 7" form factor have a future? Some have already declared it a non-starter.

HTC Flyer

Perhaps the biggest question of them all: can this list of hardware and the digital pen make up for the tablet's shortcomings?

  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor
  • 16GB internal memory with microSD slot
  • Two cameras: rear (5MP) and front (1.3MP) that support video chat
  • 7" touch screen (1024 x 600 TFT) that takes input from fingers or optional digital pen
  • Wi-Fi capability (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Adobe Flash support
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with stereo headsets lets you enjoy music and movies wirelessly
  • Output to larger screens enabled through MHL port and DLNA capability
  • SRS WOW HD surround sound audio over the dual speakers or through headphones
  • Sensors include: G-sensor, GPS/aGPS, digital compass, ambient light sensor

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The specs seem quite weak for something that is just coming out. The iPad 2 has a dual core cpu, and phones are getting the Tegra 2 chipset. I see no reason to buy this.

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I personally think all these companies are making a mistake with the 7" form factor. My cell phone has a 4.3" screen which viewing wise is not that much smaller than a 7" screen. Apple has it right with the 10" inch form factor IMHO.

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I work in a corporate setting and truly appreciate what HTC has done. Perfect size: I can type in landscape and portrait without a keyboard. Perfect addition: the scribe technology for taking notes from a meeting and having those notes linked to my calendar. Perfect incorporation: I can bring in my work email / calendar. Throw in the ability to video conference with my family and friends, read some books, see some movies and play ONLIVE gaming and I am sold.

While the specs are not stellar, this tablet appears more suited than any other tablet I have looked at to date for helping me integrated work life / social life.

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Yeah AlanH the Xoom had the dual core processor befor the iPad even released, the Samsung tablets, and the Blackberry tab (which is seeming having some issues), but the two sammy tabs are sweet, not to mention there are several more out there. Then every smart phone being released is a dual core. Not to mention Apple might have one coming next fall, since there not releasing it at there normal spring date now.

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This tablet might be faster than it looks. I just read this:

http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/02/qualcomms-1-5ghz-dual-core-msm8660-destroys-the-competition-in/

Should be faster than any Tegra 2

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