With the tablet market constantly expanding its a job to know which device to choose. Its quite fair to say when Apple’s iPad tab released, it started off a trend which was followed by the Samsung Galaxy Tab and this year the Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry PlayBook, HTC Flyer and so on.
What’s this you may be wondering, another tablet on the way. The answer is yes and its another from HTC, that of the new Puccini. A device that we have spoken about in the past here at OSM, is now venturing onto the market sometime in the summer, with news from Digitimes of a release date next month, although this has not been officially confirmed. Its already been reported as a stiff rival to that of Apple’s iPad 2 which released just a couple of months ago, so in order to put the two side by side, we are going to need to give you a little more information on the new HTC model.
So far we know that the 10.1-inch Puccini will be slightly bigger than that of the iPad 2 with its 9.7-inch size. Details are a little sparse but rumors suggest that it will run with Android’s Honeycomb 3.0.1 OS, with a dual-core processor Snapdragon MSM8660 1.5GHz. Today a little more has come to light from ITProportal with news of the HTC including a stylus giving you the user, the benefit of either finger touch or using the pen style accessory. As well as this it will include 1GB RAM, WiFi , 3G, 32GB of storage, 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP to the front.
If we just refresh your memory with the re-designed thinner and lighter iPad 2 running on iOS 4.3, it includes a dual-core processor A5 1GHz, 512MB RAM, WiFi, 3G, up to 64GB of storage, 720p rear camera which equates to 0.92MP so for some this feature has let the iPad 2 down, VGA front facing camera and so on.
In terms of price which lets be honest is a pretty big deciding factor, it is difficult to give a concrete answer to HTC’s new Puccini. As ITProportal stated, we know that it will be a step up from the HTC Flyer which is currently retailing in the region of £600 therefore placing it above most of its other competitors including the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab that we mentioned before.
So what are your thoughts on the new HTC Puccini, what price bracket do you think it should be placed into, to give it any chance of withstanding competition? Or for you, is it the Apple every time?
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