HTC’s second-ever slate, codenamed the Puccini, is due to launch this summer with the 3.1 version of Honeycomb on board, a leak suggests.
According to unnamed sources in the company’s supply chain cited by Digitimes, HTC plans to go into ‘volume production’ in June, with the tablet hitting the market not long after.
The insiders also confirmed rumours that the forthcoming tablet will be larger than the Flyer and will rock ten inches of display real estate compared with its predecessor’s compact 7-inch screen.
However, the Puccini will retain the Flyer’s stylus support, which among other things, allows users to bookmark web pages to read later by writing on the screen.
Keeping things ticking over is a Qualcomm MSM8660 1.5GHz processor, it's claimed. It’s not yet clear if this’ll be a powerful dual core number of the sort that’s recently become a mainstay feature of the highest-end Android slates and smartphones.
The timing of HTC’s mooted release suggests that the Puccini will ship with the new 3.1 version of Google’s tablet-optimised Honeycomb platform. Although after the Flyer dropped with the 2.3 Gingerbread version of Android instead of tablet optimised Honeycomb edition on rivals’ slates, means that’s far from certain.