As the tablet wars heat, another rival named “HTC Flyer” entered the war at MWC11 (Mobile World Congress 2011). We were expecting something good from this tab but it doesn’t have any extraordinary feature. The hardware specifications were not able to impress us- they are same as that of most of the tablets selling right now.
So, here is the review of the specs of the device based on the features announced by HTC.
HTC Flyer comes with 1.5GHz single-core processor, it already has 300MHz more bandwidth than the current tablets but since it is a dual-core era then, why did HTC go with single-core? Greater the bandwidth surely increases the multitasking rate but dual-core could also have increased the performance. It comes with 7.0inch screen with LCD Panel having the resolution 600×1024 same as that of the 1st generation of Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Its slim but not as that of iPad2, considering its 7.0inch screen its dimensions are 195.4 in height, 122 in width and 13.2 mm thick. Its WiFi only version will also be coming but this version supports 3G (supports no GSM voice communication capabilities), it also supports WiFi as well as Bluetooth 3.0.
Bundled with 5mp camera with supporting resolution upto 2592 х 1944, with Auto focus and Geo-tagging features but no Flash. Video camera comes with HD Recording, well not Full HD but HD Ready. The video camera records videos at 720p same as that of most of the tabs in the market, so its not at all impressive.
The tab comes with 32GB only internal memory but provides very good feature of MicroSD card port for expandable memory supporting upto another 32GB. Supporting its 1.5GHz processor HTC Flyer has 1GB RAM memory, which can fully optimize the operating system for supporting variety of apps and even smooth multitasking ability.
Being a tablet it will not be running on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) which was designed for tablets, however it will be running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) which all current generation phones support. This might be another drawback of HTC Flyer but however Android 2.3 is much more stable than Android 3.0 as it is still unbaked and under development.
As it comes with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) it almost supports every file which includes, DivX/Xvid/MP4/ H.263/H.264/WMV player for video playback andMP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA player for audio playback. It even comes with Audio/ Video editor, TV-Out, Digital Compass and Adobe Flash 10.1 support making it a perfect tab for web surfing.
It comes with 4000mAh battery but as we didn’t get the hands-on battery performance it will be cleared after the tablet is launched. The only battery hungry part in the tab could be video playback, apps and HD Video Recording.
The tablet is not released yet but is expected to be made available till Q2 of 2011.