HTC Puccini Inbound Within 2 Months: iPad’s Big Rival

It has been known for some time now that HTC has had their flagship tablet in the works, the trouble is nobody knows exactly when we will see it. HTC held a press event in London back in June, with the Honeycomb tablet strongly expected to be unveiled there. Nothing materialized but it is now very likely that Puccini will be be with us within the next 2 months.

The release news comes from HTC’s chief financial officer Winston Yung, a September or October launch being on the cards. HTC’s last tablet was the 7 inch Flyer, things are really beefed up with the 10 inch Puccini which is set to be the iPad and iPad 2’s largest challenger. The expected launch comes at a very crucial time in the run up to the holiday season. The Puccini’s price is still a mystery but the £600 mark has been a widely suggested one.

According to Cnet UK, the Android tablet may not keep its “Puccini” codename. There is reason to believe this as HTC do tend to go with dynamic names such as “Sensation”, “Desire” and “Hero”, but who knows? As a high end 10 inch slate, the Puccini will take on the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet, the Motorola Xoom and HP TouchPad in addition to the iPad. Apple are still the undisputed kings of the tablet market but Android are catching up and making matters more competitive.

Gotta Be Mobile reports that the Puccini will come equipped with 4G LTE capabilities for US users who buy the tab, follow the link for plenty more details. The 10 inch slate will additionally come with a 1.5GHz processor, 8-megapixel camera, 1280 x 800 pixel display and the classic HTC Sense UI running on Honeycomb 3.1 or 3.2. The Puccini has all of the makings to be a heavyweight contender in the tablet market, being tipped to be the Android device that dethrones the iPad.

It is now just a case of successfully getting the Puccini to Market but this could be tricky as HTC is engaged in a a legal battle with Apple. Patent infringement has been shouted many times by Steve Jobs, with Samsung being prevented from shipping their Galaxy 10.1 tablet to Europe for a spell. HTC could be the next victim to fall foul of Apple’s lawsuit, with the Motorola Xoom also reportedly on Apple’s hit list.