HTC has long been rumored to be working on an Android tablet, but few details have emerged until recently. This past week Digitimes reported that HTC was working on a trio of tablets, with the first to be released in March and the other two launching around June.
“It’s a new market with many competitors, and we don’t want to rush into it,” HTC CEO Peter Chou told investors on a conference call. “We hope the product we eventually unveil will be one that meets consumers’ needs.”
The first tablet is said to be called the HTC Flyer and some leaked specs indicate it could be a competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. HTC’s first tablet is rumored to feature a 7-inch display, run Android 2.3, be powered by a single-core 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, include dual-cameras, and support HSPA+ networks.
Those specs might sound underwhelming when compared to the 10-inch Motorola Xoom, but not everyone wants a $700-800 tablet and Samsung has proven that consumers will purchase a 7-inch tablet.
Digitimes says that HTC’s other tablets coming this summer should feature 10-inch displays, ship with Android 3.0, and include support for LTE networks. Qualcomm has been showing off demos of their dual-core Snapdragon processors and said 10 companies were already working on tablets, but we have yet to learn when those products will be available.
Hopefully we will learn more at HTC’s press conference during Mobile World Congress in a couple of weeks.
If you were waiting on HTC to produce a tablet, what do you think of the rumored specs? What features would you like to see in your dream HTC tablet?
Rumored specs of the HTC Flyer include:
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sense UI
- 7-inch display, 1024×600 resolution
- Qualcomm 1 GHz Snapdragon processor (MSM8255)
- 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera
- HSPA+ support, 14.4 Mbps down, 5.76 Mbps up
- HDMI port, DLNA-enabled