HTC Unveils Flyer Tablet with Digital Pen, Facebook Phones and Updated Android Smartphones

Android pioneer HTC today is introducing five new smartphones and its first tablet PC -- a portfolio designed to appeal to a variety of demographics, from the Facebook fanatic to the enterprise user.

The HTC Flyer marks the company's entry into the tablet PC sector and features a tablet-optimized version of the company's user interface, Sense, as well as a digital pen-stylus for note-taking and writing, called "HTC Scribe Technology."

So, in addition to touchscreen interaction, users "can rediscover the natural act of writing," according to the company's statement. "HTC Scribe Technology introduces a wave of integrated digital ink innovations that make it easy and natural to take notes, sign contracts, draw pictures, or even write on a web page or photo."

Additionally, a feature called Timemark enables users to capture the audio of a meeting in line with written notes, so tapping on a word in the text instantly takes the user to that exact place in time in the audio recording of the meeting. The HTC Flyer tablet also includes built-in synchronization with Evernote, the popular notes application service.

HTC also announced HTC Watch, a new connected video service that will debut on HTC Flyer tablet, and will collaborate with OnLive, to launch the first cloud-based mobile gaming service on a tablet, according to the company. When integrated fully, the OnLive service will enable users to pipe the OnLive service through the HTC Flyer tablet’s broadband wireless to their television sets, or let them play directly on the tablet.

HTC Flyer pricing, specs, mobile OS

Other key attributes include: a 7-inch, touch TFT, 1024x600 resolution screen, a 1.5GHz single-core CPU, 1GB of RAM plus 32GB of flash storage, an aluminum unibody construction, 5-megapixel rear camera with a 1.3-megapixel one up front, a 4000mAh battery rated to last for four hours of continuous video playback, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G/HSPA+ connectivity, and memory expandability with a microSD card. It weighs a bit less than a pound, about 14.6 ounces, and is 7.6 inches long by 4.9 inches wide by 0.51 inch thick.

With the focus being on its own sense UI, HTC is shipping the Flyer with the latest version of Android, Gingerbread 2.4, and not Honeycomb, the 3.O version designed to optimize tablet PC performance. Users, however, will be able to update the OS.

The HTC Flyer will be available in the second quarter of this year, and is expected to sell for about $675, but official details on carriers and pricing have not yet been disclosed.

Desire, Wildfire and Incredible Android smartphones in HTC S series coming

HTC also presented details of the new Desire S, Wildfire S and Incredible S, three new versions of HTC’s most popular and advanced smartphones.

The three "S" series smartphones will be out in Q2 of this year -- in Europe and Asia. However, there's no word out yet on when and if they'll be available in the U.S.

The HTC Desire S is powered by a Qualcomm 1GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor, and includes high-definition video recording and has a 3.7-inch WVGA display. The compact Wildfire has a 3.2 inch, HVGA display, while the HTC Incredible S boasts a high-definition 4-inch WVGA Super LCD display.

AT&T to do the tango with HTC Android phones in Q2

HTC also unveiled the HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa, two new phones that provide social network integration. A dedicated Facebook button provides one-touch access to friends and family. Both phones feature a 5-megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera for face-to-face conversations on the move and a 480x320 resolution screen. The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa smartphones will be available beginning in Q2 2011, exclusively on AT&T.

The ChaCha and Salsa run Android Gingerbread 2.3.3, the latest version, and use the latest iteration of HTC Sense to integrate Facebook throughout the HTC Sense UI experience.


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