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HTC Flyer, Motorola Xoom and BlackBerry PlayBook: Release Race

Not ones to be left out HTC has announced that they will launch three new tablet devices in the first half of 2011, the first of which will be called the Flyer. What we find interesting about this is how DigiTimes reports that the new tablet PC will be released in march — that’s before some of the big players, who are also about to hit the market with devices. Image on the side thanks to TechRadar.

The HTC Flyer could not only beat the BlackBerry PlayBook, but also be released before the Motorola Xoom, which for some was the talk of CES 2011. HTC has decided to leave the unveil for MWC 2011; we have to say that this is great timing and much better to announce a device like this at the upcoming event in Barcelona next month.

SlashGear reports that the Flyer will be like a much larger Desire and will run Android 2.3, just until 3.0 is ready. One would presume that HTC would wait for Honeycomb to be fully ready — the new tablet could suffer for the early release. The reason for this is because other versions of Google’s Android OS has not been designed for use with tablets as 3.0 has.

There is to be two more tablet PCs in June, which we presume will come pre-loaded with Honeycomb. It will be interesting to see how the 7-inch HTC Flyer will compare to Motorola and RIM’s efforts — not only in price but specs as well?

Which of the three would you spend your money on, the HTC Flyer, Motorola Xoom or the BlackBerry PlayBook?

Written by Peter Chubb

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  • Hagar

    The Playbook doesn't have the apps or multimedia features to really take off in the consumer market – it might work in the Corporate environment, but unfortunately the name "Playbook" would be a tough sell for an employee to convince their Manager that this is a serious, productive device.
    The HTC 7" screen makes it too small for some things – they really need a 7" and a 10" model both – then they might be considered a contender.
    The Motorola sounds good but with mandatory 3G/4G, it will just be too expensive. As soon as you cross the $500-600 line, you're in serious laptop territory and it's just too hard to justify a toy at that price. After all, that's what these are – a toy with some minor productivity advantages.
    I'm waiting to see what else is available – someone needs to find the sweet spot for price and quality – I have yet to see it…

  • Richard

    My money is gladly on anything HTC makes. That UPDATE is a drop in the bucket for HTC plus calls being able to be made on this device…. WOW…. Now we need it to be WITH SPRINT AND BE 4G CAPABLE THEN I WILL BE HAPPY

  • PsychoTon

    Blackberry Playbook, no doubts!


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