Wi-Fi HTC Flyer Announced as Best Buy Exclusive, Could Arrive as Soon as the End of March


Best Buy and HTC have announced that the Wi-Fi only HTC Flyer will be sold exclusively via the retail giant in the Unites States. With Sprint receiving its own version of the tablet under the name of the EVO View 4G, those wishing to get in on the 7-inch slate with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and HTC Sense without a wireless contract will need to turn to the big blue box store. The specs runthe same: 1.5GHz processor, dual cameras at 5MP (rear) and 1.3MP (front), HTC Scribe, etc..

Best Buy only mentions Spring in their release timeframe, but rumors from Digitimes suggest this could mean as soon as the end of March. That is only a couple weeks away, so we will keep our eye on this one. Full press release below.

Best Buy® and HTC Announce Exclusive Launch of the Wi-Fi HTC Flyer Tablet at CTIA Wireless 2011

Wi-Fi HTC Flyer slated to launch this spring

ORLANDO, Fla., March 22, 2011 – Best Buy and HTC today announced the exclusive launch of the highly-anticipated Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer™ tablet. All Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile standalone stores, as well as, will have the tablet when it launches this spring.

The HTC Flyer is a fast, portable, light-weight tablet that integrates the immersive and highly intuitive HTC Sense™experience and enables content including videos, music, games and more to be easily accessed and enjoyed. For those attending CTIA, Best Buy and HTC will have devices on-hand at Pepcom’s Mobile Focus event on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

“Over the past few months we’ve seen several new tablets enter the market, and we’re especially excited to partner with HTC to bring the Wi-Fi version of the HTC Flyer to our customers as a national retail launch exclusive,” said Scott Anderson, head of merchandising for Best Buy Mobile. “We have worked hard to bring a large assortment of great tablets to Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores, and the HTC Flyer is a great example of that effort.”

The HTC Flyer features a strong aluminum unibody case that is lighter than an average paperback book. Truly separating the HTC Flyer from the pack is the integration of the acclaimed HTC Sense experience and unique HTC Scribe technology. The new HTC Sense experience offers an interface rethought for the tablet format which allows users to easily scroll and locate photos, entertainment, weather, calendar and mail. An optional HTC Scribe™ digital pen unlocks HTC Scribe technology, which enables the ability to capture and annotate any on-screen content with notes and drawings. Also, with Timemark, handwritten notes taken with the digital pen are synchronized with audio, as well as the popular Evernote™ application, turning handwritten notes into true meeting minutes. Additionally, with front and rear cameras, people can also make live video calls using a variety of available video chat applications available in the Android Market.

“Best Buy offers a number of the hottest products on the market, including the all-new 4G LTE HTC ThunderBolt™and now the Wi-Fi version of the groundbreaking HTC Flyer, which brings the acclaimed HTC Sense experience to a tablet for the first time,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC Americas. “Like all HTC Sense products, the HTC Flyer was inspired by our customers, and offers the most simple and natural experience available on a tablet.”

Other key features of the HTC Flyer include:

Integration/compatibility with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® 3.0
7″ 1024×600 display with multi-touch capability and an optional digital pen that enables users to take synchronized notes and annotate content
Built-in dual microphones for noise reduction
Android™operating system
Adobe® Flash® 10.1 support
5 MP Color CMOS camera with auto focus
1.3MP front camera for video chatting
16GB eMMC memory plus microSD card slot
4,000 mAh battery
Best Buy Mobile offers an array of services aimed at improving customers’ experience, including Walk Out Working, Geek Squad Black Tie Protection, Buy Back and a full array of accessories for customers to protect and personalize their devices.

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  1. Well a price would be nice.

  2. But it’s not even Honeycomb? I thought tablets were supposed to be using Honeycomb… not Gingerbread or Froyo… Hmmm…

  3. +1, would love to see prices

  4. Should be something nice. I will look into this tablet business on sprint soon i welcome it.

  5. For once i like to see a custom UI on a device. A tablet running stock < 3.0 is useless. HTC's new tablet UI fixes this issue.

  6. Surely it will get an upgrade to new Sense and 3.0 before long?

  7. $400 or less and I may be a customer

  8. A price would be really helpful in making my decision.

  9. First tablet that is going to be more than a toy

  10. It is not much bigger than my T-Bolt.

  11. Since when is the end of March a couple weeks away ? I count 7 or 8 days, genius.

  12. yeah Josh, see how honeycomb is working out for the Xoom, huh? Very few apps. This will be able to do something out of the box.

  13. Oh please let this be true and out this month. Even though I’m really doubting it. Whenever it ends up being, I’m buying it on day one. Now I don’t have to buy the 4G Sprint version!

  14. No honeycomb =fail

  15. @kmasum

    As ari-free stated, this will actually be able to do shit out of the box unlike the worthless xoom. Honeycomb is just too far out there right now. Its not ready for mass production and id take this device with gingerbread on it, with the option to upgrade to honeycomb later, any day.

  16. Price prease.

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