HTC officially launched its tablet Flyer in India yesterday. The stylish HTC’s classic aluminum unibody design, 7-inch,single-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, Wi-Fi + 3G tablet has bit of twist in its feature, it runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) rather than the android optimized for Tablets- Android 3.0 Honeycomb version. This really doesn’t have much of an affect on the usage with the HTC’s tablet version of Sense UI which makes HTC tablet much more usable than other tablets running with Gingerbread. HTC has overcome its limitation of sunning on a non-Honeycomb Android OS on its tablet, and has now provided access to the Android Market.
The 7-inch tablet has a regular LCD capacitive touch screen with its resolution of 1024×600 pixels, a 1.5GHz single-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage (expandable with microSD card), a 5MP rear camera capable of 720p HD video recording, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, GPS and A-GPS connectivity, HSPA+ (HSDPA 14.4Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, Dolby Mobile and SRS sound enhancement, and, a 4000 mAh battery that is rated to provide up to 1470 hours of standby time, and 4 hours of video playback time.
HTC Flyer’s tablet-focused HTC Sense has a unique 3D home screen. Widgets options are also present, which allows great level of customisation. HTC’s Sense UI has been appreciated by smartphone users, and it is expected that this new version for tablet will also be accepted well. The HTC Flyer tablet also supports both Flash 10 and HTML 5.
The Flyer’s one such feature which has brought in intrest is its Scribe Technology, which allows users to scribble on the screen with a stylus, which is then bundled in the box. If the stylus is tapped on the capacitive screen, the system takes a screenshot and enables the users to scribble anything on it. The shot is saved as an image and then we can be shared with others. In the notes application (powered by Evernote) we can scribble using the stylus as in any normal notepad we do. Using this technology user will no longer need pen and paper to take down any notes, draw pictures or sign contracts as they can do it now directly on their HTC Flyer’s tablet screen with the help of a stylus. Along with this users can also write on any web page or photo which they are browsing on their tablet screen.
This feature also has a new thing called Timemark, which enables audio clips within written notes. So when we tap on a word our notes instantly takes you to that exact place in time in the audio recording of the meeting. One of the interesting part is that the tablet has two sets of touch-sensitive controls one to be used in landscape mode and other in portrait mode
HTC Flyer has come with a new connected video service which is also available on HTC Sentation that is HTC Watch. It allows low-cost on-demand progressive downloading of hundreds (in the HTC sensation only movies trailers were available, hopefully that in Flyer movies will be available with Indian price value) of High-Definition (HD) movies from the major studios.
Especially for the gamers HTC has combined with OnLive, so as to launch first cloud-based mobile gaming service on a tablet. This service allows customers to use on the OnLive service through their HTC Flyer tablet’s broadband wireless into their television sets, or they can play directly on their tablet. Using this service people can play a variety of games, like many of the famous ones like Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Lego Harry Potter and NBA 2K11.
The Flyer had been priced in Indian market at Rs. 39,890