Stop reading now if you were hoping the HTC Flyer — the tablet the company is saying doesn’t exist despite plenty of evidence suggesting otherwise — was going to be one of the top-notch tablets of the year. Some of the slate’s specs were just revealed, and sadly the device is looking like it may be coming a bit too late for what’s under the hood. If you were hoping for a Tegra 2 beast rocking Honeycomb, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Here we go:
- 7-inch, 1024×600 resolution screen (think Galaxy Tab)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor (think Desire HD)
- HDMI port
- 5MP rear camera with LED flash and facial recognition
- 1.3MP front-facing camera for video chatting, with Skype preinstalled
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- A remodeled version of Sense that has a “desktop” feel to it
- HSPA connectivity (think T-Mobile…maybe AT&T)
There seems to be more promise in a supposed 10-inch version that will feature LTE to be released sometime in the second half of the year. There is some hope that version will feature the dual-core speeds of the Tegra 2 and Android Honeycomb (though we hope they wouldn’t muck it up with HTC Sense, HTC has stated several times that they don’t plan on stopping their custom UIs anytime soon). I suppose there is hope that the 7-inch version seens Honeycomb, but if Sense is on top, would it really matter that much anyway?
This tablet could have made a splash had it come out face-to-face with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but if it launches later this year there will be several better options already available.