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Mar
htc flyer unsure

HTC took some flak by some during Mobile World Conference for showcasing a 7", single core, Gingerbread running tablet while all the other big dogs were fighting over who has the best 10", dual-core, Honeycomb-running monster. With the tablet market looking more and more like it will soon be the iPad 2 vs. three nearly identical Android competitors, I find HTC's decision to go in an entirely different direction refreshing and was therefore curious about Carrypad's recent hands-on with the slate.

One aspect of the stylus technology that was spotlighted in the site's hands-on was "palm rejection," which is the ability of the touchscreen to not react to one's hand while scribbling away with a stylus. A slate with good palm rejection will allow the user to rest his second hand on the screen while taking notes, while a tab with poor palm rejection will respond to the hand and muck up the penmanship. Based on the video below, it looks like the Flyer's palm rejection is in very good shape at this point, with the tab remaining completely unresponsive to other touch input while the stylus is doing its thing.

The release date and pricing for the Flyer are still unknown, though speculation is that the wait will still be another couple of months. With the smaller display, single core 1.5GHz CPU, and Gingerbread at launch, how much would you consider paying for the Flyer when larger tabs like the XOOM, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and G-Slate loom on the horizon? We would love to hear about it in the comments.

Source: Carrypad via Slashgear

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  • Dan

    Single Core, Non-Honeycomb tablet=Fail. This thing doesn't even have the bones for a good honeycomb mod. Besides you will probably be able to buy an app that does the same thing, don't see the need for something this dedicated

  • Adrian

    at 1.5GHz and probably with an unlocked bootloader, this thing will get a Honeycomb ROM and it has that pen thing, so I suppose roughly £400 (£100 less than the XOOM)

  • ari-free

    fail? The xoom and tab are overpriced and competing with each other to do what an ipad can do. Flyer can go after a completely different market on its own. It can go after asia, artists, students and business users who want to take notes.

  • FtBastrd2

    i expected more from HTC. Sense is good but is designed for the phone. I know they are testing it but it just looks like a lot of fumbling around. Shame HTC, shame.

  • http://twitter.com/binghypo Bing Hypotenuse

    I want to see this at $400 USD for the wifi version. At that size and those specs, its competing with the Nook Color in addition to the other full-on tablets. It has a few extra cool goodies, which make it worth 60% more than the NC, but I don't think they're wonderful enough to make it twice the price of the NC. IOW, I'll pay $150 for the cameras, the faster processor, the pen stuff and not having to mod it like the NC. But, the NC is still pretty compelling if the Flyer turns out to be twice as much.

  • BabaO

    400$ CAD for wifi version....I would buy it !

  • http://fc1032.blogspot.com Brian

    I actually like the 7 inch form factor (like my galaxy tab) and the pen.

    But with all the dual cores around, I would have thought HTC would have joined the dual core gang.

  • Leo

    Weak Weak attempt by HTC. I love HTC, their support while I've had my EVO4g has been nothing short of great.

    They were ahead of the curve when the EVO/Incredible came out and now they seem to be falling behind...how can they justify this already outdated tablet?

    This thing is dead before launch...with or without stylus and "palm rejection"

  • Christian

    I love the 7" form factor and I can certainly see niched but very good use for its stylus and palm rejection technology in the academic and law enforcement/industrial use. I do agree with the face that coming out with a single-core device at this point in time is a weird marketing decision; even though my Tab already takes on everything I throw at it without a sweat.

  • http://www.printoclock.com/flyers-c-12.html Benoit

    The single core is not necessarly a problem. It will depends on the interface and the operating system !
    But i'm surprised they didnt announce Honeycomb for the HTC Flyer !