HTC Flyer Android Tablet: 7-inch enters the arena

We’re hearing of a lot of great stuff from MWC 2011 at the moment and the next device to join the fray is the HTC Flyer, a 7-inch Android tablet that has just been announced. We previously reported on the Flyer and told of the leaked specs and rumored release date, and then reported more on how the tablet was possibly being rushed for Q1 including speculation on a possible stylus.

Now the HTC Flyer has been made official we can confirm that it does indeed have a pressure-sensitive stylus that will automatically connect to the device which is pretty neat. However the release date is going to be a little later than we first thought and will be coming in early Q2 so April is a likely month, according to Stuart Miles over on Pocket-Lint. The HTC Flyer is aimed very much at being more mobile than other tablets with its smaller size and will also have a newer version of HTC Sense, designed specifically for tablets.

Although many had hoped it would appear with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, on release the HTC Flyer will be running Android 2.4 but users will be able to upgrade to Honeycomb later. The Flyer will have a 1.5 GHz single-core Qualcomm chip with 1GB of RAM and 1024 x 600 resolution. The device is aimed at the high-end of the market and will come with a free case and the stylus so it’s not going to be cheap although the price has not been announced yet.

There are also two new fee paying apps, OnLive, targeted at gamers and Watch for movie enthusiasts. To find out more about the HTC Flyer check out an article by Vlad Savov over on Engadget, which lists full specs and also the official press release. Savov notes early mixed impressions so it will be interesting to hear more once people get their hands on some working Flyers.

From what we already know do you think the HTC Flyer can hope to compete with the Motorola Xoom, the iPad 2 or the Galaxy Tab 10.1, all due to enter the tablet arena? Let us know by sending us your comments please.