HTC Launches 7-inch ‘Flyer’ Tablet, Two Facebook Phones

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HTC has officially made its entry into the wild world of tablets with the HTC Flyer, a 7-inch Android tablet.

The Flyer features a 1.5GHz processor, 1024×600-resolution screen, aluminum body, 4G cellular data connection, and access to web-based gaming service OnLive. It’ll be running Android version 2.4 by launch time underneath HTC’s custom “Sense” user interface.

HTC has integrated a few features and services to differentiate its tablet from the other 7-inchers out there. Most notably, the company is leveraging its recent $40 million investment into the OnLive gaming service.

You’ll be able to play OnLive-compatible games such as Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, NBA 2K11 and Lego Harry Potter directly on the tablet itself, or hook it up to your TV, according to HTC’s press release.

The tablet will also ship with a stylus for digital note-taking, according to HTC:

“HTC Scribe Technology on the HTC Flyer tablet transforms traditional note-taking into smart note-taking by integrating natural onscreen writing with thoughtful and integrated innovations. A feature called Timemark enables you to capture the audio of a meeting in line with your written notes, so tapping on a word in your notes instantly takes you to that exact place in time in the audio recording of the meeting.”

And finally, the company has integrated a on-demand video service called HTC Watch that “enables low-cost on-demand progressive downloading of hundreds of High-Definition movies from major studios.”

No word on pricing yet, but the Flyer will be available worldwide in Q2.


HTC also announced several new Android phones, two of which—the Salsa and the ChaCha (left and right, above)—feature one-touch Facebook access via a dedicated hardware button. According to HTC:

“The Facebook button on HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa is context-aware, gently pulsing with light whenever there is an opportunity to share content or updates through Facebook. With a single press of the button, you can update your status, upload a photo, share a Website, post what song you are listening to, ‘check in’ to a location and more. For example, you can take a photograph of friends on your phone and upload it instantly to Facebook by simply pressing the button. Or let your friends know what song you’re listening to by pressing the button while listening to music on the phone. The track is automatically identified and shared on Facebook.”

Both phones will be available in Europe and Asia in the next couple months before hitting the U.S. with AT&T “later this year.” No word on pricing yet.

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