HTC has officially entered the tablet market with the unveiling of the Android powered Flyer at the Mobile World Congress (MWC).
Set to land during the second quarter on contract plans, the Flyer will somewhat surprisingly run the 2.3 Gingerbread version of Android out of the box, rather than the tablet optimised Honeycomb iteration of Google’s OS.
However, in a bid to distinguish its effort from the competition HTC has revamped its core on board apps to take advantage of the seven-inch LCD screen. That means you get larger, redesigned versions of email, calendar and the like.
Elsewhere, there’s a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor to keep everything running real smooth, a rear mounted five-megapixel snapper, a secondary 1.3-megapixel camera at the front for video calling, stylus support for note-taking and the usual slew of connectivity option, think: HSPA+ support along with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
HTC Chief Executive Officer Peter Chou said: "Clearly, smartphones have transformed our lives but as we observed how people use smartphones, computers and other technologies, we saw an opportunity to create a tablet experience that is different, more personal and productive.
"We are progressing down a path as an industry when people will no longer be in a single device paradigm, but have multiple wireless devices for different needs; this is the direction we are moving."
Other HTC kit making its debut at the MWC included the new Desire 2 and Wildfire, plus two, rather quirkily titled Facebook-focussed handsets.