Best Buy ready to take HTC Flyer pre-orders starting April 25th

Retailer will be the exclusive brick-and-mortar reseller of the HTC Flyer, priced at $499.
Allen Ngo,

As one of the largest brick-and-mortar electronics retailers in the U.S., Best Buy has announced it will be accepting pre-orders for HTC’s highly anticipated tablet this Monday, April 25th.

We are excited to be the only national store where you can pre-order and purchase the Wi-Fi version of the HTC Flyer,” said Best Buy representative in the official Flyer announcement.

For those not caught up with the new HTC Flyer, the 7-inch tablet will ship with Android Gingerbread and HTC Sense interface, a single-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, up to 32GB SSD, front and rear cameras, and a microUSB port. Most unique, however, will be its Scribe Pen, which is a specialized stylus pen for use on its capacitive touchscreen. Overall, the tablet will weigh just 420 grams (0.92 lbs) and last up to 4 hours with video playback.

While the Flyer will be skipping Android 3.0 at launch, HTC has previously promised an upgrade to the more tablet-friendly Honeycomb sometime in the near future.

For now, Best Buy will only be offering the Wi-Fi model of the Flyer. The 4G-enabled Flyer, dubbed HTC Evo View 4G, should see a release for the Sprint network sometime this summer as announced at this year’s CTIA. The tablet could also see a release for T-Mobile as well.

Perhaps the most pleasant surprise is the announced retail price of the tablet. Best Buy will be selling the Wi-Fi model Flyer for just $499, the same starting price of the recently released RIM PlayBook and iPad 2. Previous rumors of a possible $700 Flyer were definitely off-putting, but the sub $500 price point should make the tablet much more attractive in comparison.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-04-23 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.