Close on the heels of the Motorola XOOM, the HTC Flyer too is now up for pre-order. The UK based online retailer, Clove Technology is currently accepting pre-orders for the Flyer tablet though price is a quite hefty £600 (£500.00 +£100 VAT) all of which translates to about $968.
Now that can be considered a bit too much for a 7 inch Android tablet powered by a single core processor. The Android version the Flyer runs is a bit outdated Android 2.3 Gingerbread and not Honeycomb which is more in the news these days. Sure, the Flyer boasts of OnLive cloud based gaming service along with the HTC Scribe writing technology though these can’t be considered as justification enough for the seemingly high price tag. Fortunately, Clove Technology has stated the price hasn’t yet been set in stone is open to further changes. So there is still hope on the HTC Flyer. The OnLive cloud based gaming service is definitely a big plus for the Flyer which will make the HTC tablet the first mobile device to comes with the gaming service. On the flip side though, early buyers will have to wait till the US based company is yet to come up with its UK service plans.
As for the tablet’s specification, the Flyer comes equipped with a 1.5 GHz single core processor, a 1 GB DDR2 RAM along with 32 GB of internal storage. The tablet also features a 5 megapixel camera at the rear while the front of the tablet includes a 1.3 megapixel camera. Connectivity options with the Flyer includes 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and HSDPA connectivity. A 4000 mAh battery powers the Flyer with the version now up for pre-order comes with both 3G and Wi-Fi.
No information of the Flyer’s launch in North America.
Meanwhile, there is also rumors doing the rounds of the company already in the process of developing a bigger 10 inch tablet, one that will run the tablet optimized Android version – Honeycomb.