The HTC Flyer tablet which made its first appearance at the MWC in Spain is all geared up for pre-orders. Best Buy will start taking pre-orders for the device on the 25th of April which is a couple of days from now. The 16GB model will cost you $499, but bear in mind that this is a Gingerbread running tablet and not a Honeycomb tablet like you would expect from a new Android tablet, so that’s a disappointment. Though HTC did mention the possibility of a future Honeycomb update, given the fact that Google provides them with the sufficient tools. But that’s just a possibility so it wouldn’t be sensible to go by that.
The Flyer will feature a 7-inch display with a resolution of 600 x 1024 with HTC’s very own Sense UI optimized for the device, a 5MP camera on the back with a 1.3MP camera on the front, a 1.5 GHz single core CPU, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, and an optional unique stylus known as the “Magic Pen” used to take notes or draw sketches which makes use of HTC Scribe technology and an aluminium unibody casing.
A definitive launch date hasn’t been mentioned yet by HTC, but it is expected that the device could make its way to stores during Spring. The absence of Honeycomb is surely a huge loss for HTC, but their tablet optimized UI might just do it for them. After all, HTC still have one of the best user interfaces in the market. Hopefully we get to see the device sooner rather than later.