As the tablet wars heat, another rival named “HTC Flyer” entered the war at MWC 11 (Mobile World Congress 2011). We were expecting something useful from this tab, but it doesn’t have any fantastic feature. The hardware specifications were not able to impress us- they are the 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 Review
HTC Flyer Hardware
It comes with a 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 bandwidth inevitably increases the multitasking, but dual-core could also have improved the performance. It comes with a 7.0inch screen with LCD Panel having the resolution 600×1024 same as that of the 1st generation of Samsung Galaxy Tab.
It’s slim but not as that of iPad 2, considering its 7.0inch screen its dimensions are 195.4 in height, 122 in width and 13.2 mm thick. The current version is 3G (No support for GSM voice communication capabilities). A WiFi-only version is also expected along with Bluetooth 3.0
It houses a 5mp camera which can take pictures of resolution upto 2592 х 1944. The camera supports Autofocus and Geo-tagging features, but there is no Flash. Video camera comes with HD Recording, well not Full HD but HD Ready. The video camera records videos at 720p the same as that of most of the tabs in the market, so it’s not at all impressive.
The tab comes with 32GB only internal memory but offers a MicroSD card port for expandable memory supporting upto another 32GB. Supporting its 1.5GHz processor, HTC Flyer has 1GB RAM, which can fully optimize the operating system for supporting a variety of apps and even smooth multitasking ability.
HTC Flyer Software
It will be running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) which all current generation phones support. Android 3,.0 might be another drawback of HTC Flyer. 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. The list 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 has a 4000mAh battery. Since 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.
HTC Flyer should become available till Q2 of 2011.
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