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HTC could release 2 additional Flyer tablets this summer

Sources indicate that HTC could release two Honeycomb Flyer tablets sometime later this year

Although HTC’s Flyer tablet has yet to launch, the Taiwanese manufacturer appears to be very confident with their tablet endeavors. The good news started with early estimates that indicated the Flyer has already exceeded 1 Million orders and continues with word that HTC plans on releasing two new Honeycomb tablets this summer. 

According to a Digitimes source, HTC could possibly release 2 new Flyer tablets in mid-2011. The tablets would most likely ship with Android Honeycomb 3.0; unlike the current Gingerbread-equipped Flyer that will receive Honeycomb in a future update. With HTC already having plans for WiMAX, HSPA and Wi-Fi versions of the Flyer it is unclear what the new tablets would entail, although a dual-core processor might not be out of the question.

The Digitimes report also indicated that the Flyer should launch later this March or in early April in the U.S. However, it appears the initial shipping volumes will be small as HTC faced some difficulties in the production process. Problems with the touch panel and optical film shipments appear to have lead to a delay in mass production of the tablet. 

The HTC Flyer comes with a 7” display with a 1024x600 pixel resolution, a 1.5GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, 1GB of RAM, front and rear facing cameras and 32GB of storage. The HTC Flyer is different than other Android tablets due to its stylus capabilities that should allow for more precise input. Unfortunately, there is no word on official pricing from HTC yet.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-03-25 (Update: 2012-05-26)