no confidence in flyer

In what could be construed as a white flag being waved before even marching into battle, a new report is saying that HTC will only ship one million of their upcoming Flyer tablets between its launch (which is still unknown) and August. The news comes from a Chinese language newspaper, which also reported that the new slate would set buyers back $600.

The 7" tablet, which will march to the beat of its own drum (with a stylus and Android 2.3 with Sense overlay), has been met with largely ho-hum anticipation compared to larger, Honeycomb-running tabs like the XOOM, G-Slate, and Galaxy Tab 10.1. The rumored $600 price tag certainly does not help to generate more buzz, especially when Sam's Club may be hocking Wifi-only versions of the much more powerful XOOM for $539 next month. One million units over the course of several months is a very low figure for the initial tablet offering from one of the premiere manufacturers in mobile computing, and one can't help but wonder if HTC has realized their mistake and held back the release to cut its losses.

If this proves true, is it a wise move by HTC? Let us know in the comments below.

no confidence in flyer

Source: DigiTimes via Electronista and Phandroid

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  • ari-free

    sounds like FUD to me.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

    Among all the tablets that are coming out this year, the HTC Flyer is the least attractive. HTC can say anything they want to say, but the fact is, the Flyer WILL NOT be able to run any tablet optimized apps. This is enough to make me stay away from the Flyer.

    • ari-free

      What tablet optimized apps? Flyer has a stylus so that you actually DO stuff with it.
      Software can always be upgraded.

  • JAson

    I really really really like the stylus input for tablets. I think Jobs did a huge disservice to the industry when he knocked em during the original iPad keynote.

    I've been using a Notion ink Adam, and I can say right now a stylus + handwriting recognition would be the absolute best way for text input. I cannot wait for that to be realized by more of the industry.

    I'm happy HTC is bringing it back, but the flyer isn't going to do it alas. Hopefully it does get incorporated to their honeycomb 10 inch tablet when they finally release it.

    • ari-free

      There's so much innovation in the Adam that it's not even funny. They don't have the 'Business 101' that HTC has, unfortunately.

      • Rahul

        I don't know about 'business 101': they have succeeded in generating huge interest with virtually no marketing. But they seem to have severe supply issues: they have only had a couple of pre-orders, and are yet to deliver to many customers. There is also dissatisfaction with their customer service. I'm guessing they are deliberately playing low-key while they iron out their manufacturing and support issues.

  • DavM

    Sorry but you lost me at Sense overlay. Xoom's looking way better anyways, wonder why they even bothered with making the Flyer?

  • Kenneth P

    At least they know its crap, they rushed and made this tablet so they wouldn't feel left out....its really disappointing because htc is my fav manufacture

  • Zigmar

    Stylus + decent drawing apps could be deal for artists, I know people who are considering a jump from iPad. However no honeycomb is a bit of disappointment...

  • Lee

    I guess I'm one in a million then ;)

  • Peter

    I'll be the one from the second million then. I can't wait to get my hands on one. The Flyer is definitely the #1 on my list.