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High-end tab to rival iPad, sports unique stylus

Android Community reports that HTC has officially announced its Flyer tablet at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and its specs are quite impressive.

The Android 2.4 Gingerbread-based device runs a modified version of the Sense UI, which pairs nicely with the 7-inch, 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen. It's all powered by a 1.45 GHz single-core Qualcomm CPU with data-only HSPA+ (a Wi-Fi-only version is in the works). The Flyer also boasts a 4,000 mAh battery, dual cameras, and a custom microUSB port that supports HTC's new rapid charger (as well as standard microUSB chargers). The hardware is wrapped up nicely in a sleek white plastic and brushed aluminum chassis.

Despite sporting a single-core processor, HTC says the Flyer will be receiving a Honeycomb OTA update after it launches. In the meantime, HTC promised split-screen apps; a multi-pane browser, calendar, e-mail, and address book; and other software that takes advantage of the Flyer's resolution even before then.

What might be most interesting, though, is HTC's inclusion of a stylus with the Flyer. The stylus is paired with a battery-powered pen (with erase and text-select buttons) and supports an app called Notes, which allows users to sketch, handwrite text, and notate imported photos. The app also can record audio and allow you to take notes throughout, all the while indexing your notes alongside the audio. This functionality is sure to help college students take better notes during lectures. Notes can then wirelessly sync with the Evernote app, and HTC is planning on allowing third-party developers to create additional apps with the stylus functionality.

The Flyer will also come pre-loaded with HTC's new Watch app that offers streaming movies and TV shows. Meanwhile, an OnLive app streams 3D gameplay and, using DLNA over WiFi, puts OnLive gaming on a nearby TV. Both the Watch and OnLive app will offer pay-per-use and subscription options.

“We’ve pretty serious about this category,” HTC told Android Community. “We’re not just dipping our toe into the water.” 

The Flyer is set to launch in early Q2 of this year. Pricing has not been announced, but it should be expected to be at the high end for tablets (to rival the iPad and Motorola Xoom).





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