3 has confirmed it will be selling the HTC Flyer for a subsidised price point on two-year contacts.
Customers looking to pick up the 3G version of the slate with 3 will have to shell out an upfront fee of £169 followed by £25 per month on a 24-month deal. This will entitle them to 15GB of monthly data allowance for mobile broadband access anywhere on the go.
Meanwhile, HTC has confirmed that the Flyer will be in stock tomorrow to order directly from its website. The Wi-Fi only version will set you back £480, while the 3G model will go for a wallet-busting £600 sans contract.
So what’s in store for prospective buyers of the Flyer? Well, for starters you’re looking at a slate with a 7-inch screen that works with a stylus, which should be a boon for artists and business users alike. Two cameras - a front-facing 1.3-megapixel for video chatting and a rear-mounted five-megapixel with autofocus for snapping and shooting videos – are onboard. Plus, there’s 16GB of internal storage capacity with the option to expand it by a further via the microSD slot.
Inside, the Flyer sports a 1.5GHz processor to keep things ticking over nice and smooth. Unfortunately, at launch it will run on Android Gingerbread rather than the tablet-optimised Honeycomb iteration. HTC assures an update will be available shortly after launch, although no ETA has been given.
On the bright side, Gingerbread means it’ll at least support Flash 10.1 and HTML5 and sport all the latest features available for Android smarties.
3 expects to begin shipping the Flyer before the end of the month.