The HTC Flyer tablet is getting closer to us. Those really impatient for the 7 inch tablet can start queuing up in front of Best Buy stores from Monday the 25th of this month to pre-order their Flyers. It would have started from today itself but Best Buy has postponed it to the next day, that is on Monday. However, nor HTC or Best Buy is yet to come up with any specific time plan as to when the tablet would be seen with the users except that it would makes it debut in the US this spring.
The price mentioned is $499 and for that amount of money, what you get is a 7 inch tablet running Android Gingerbread. HTC has however said the tablet will be provided with the Honeycomb update later in the year. Behind the scenes, its a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon single core processor that runs the show, coupled to a 1 GB RAM. It has 32 GB of on board storage along with the usual tablet goodies such as a front and rear facing camera, ambient light sensor, digital compass and so on. However, what really makes the Flyer stand apart from the rest is it ability to accept both finger and stylus inputs.
Meanwhile, the company has also stated the tablet would be launched in India towards the end of May though the price mentioned is a rather steep INR 35,000. This works out to around $800 at current exchange rates. Interestingly, Samsung too had started out with the Galaxy Tab with an even higher price tag of INR 38,000 though has shed more than 10k since then. Maybe HTC too has similar plans. In fact, it will be necessary for the Flyer to be more affordable as it is already in a segment that already has a few player. This while more tablet options continue to pour in almost every other day.
HTC Flyer’s European debut has been planned on the 9th of May.