Carphone Warehouse is currently accepting pre-orders for the 7 inch HTC Flyer tablet. The quoted price is £599.99, which at current exchange rates comes to about $980. That is a hefty sum, but it’s for the unlocked and SIM free version of the Flyer. This means there will be various carriers who will be offering the Flyer soon at subsidized rates subject for agreeing to various carrier plans. Also, while the Flyer is expected to be in stock with retailers, they won’t be able to start shipping until May 2011.
As for the tablet, the Flyer makes for an interesting proposition in that the tablet will support stylus operation as well as being receptive to finger operation as well. Also, for a change, the Flyer will mark a high profile launch of an Android tablet PC without Honeycomb on board. Instead, the Flyer will be running Android Gingerbread, though the company has stated they are already working on an update that will make the Flyer honey sweet. The HTC Flyer’s Gingerbread will also have a layer of HTC’s latest Sense UI software built on top to enhance the tablet’s appeal and usability.
These apart, the HTC Flyer will be the first device from HTC to come loaded with HTC Watch, the company’s new media streaming app. As for the tablet’s specs, it is made up of a 1.5 GHz single core processor, 1 GB RAM along with 32 GB of internal storage. The Flyer also boasts of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and GPS, a 4000 mAh battery, a 5 megapixel camera at the rear, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam built into the front of the device.