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HTC Plans Wi-Fi Flyer Through Best Buy

3/23/2011 09:36:55 AM Eastern
Orlando, Fla. - HTC will bring a Wi-Fi-only version of its Flyer tablet to the U.S. later in the spring, when the device will be launched exclusively through Best Buy, the companies announced here at the CTIA show.

 Availability of the Flyer, shown at the recent Mobile World Congress with  HSPA cellular data  for overseas markets, will precede planned summertime availability of HTC's Flyer-based 3G/4G Evo View 4G for the Sprint network.  The Evo View 4G will be Sprint's first 4G-equipped tablet.

Prices of the Android-based tablets haven't been disclosed.

The Flyer will be available through BestBuy.com, through all 160 stand-alone Best Buy Mobile outlets, and in Best Buy Mobile outlets within all of Best Buy's big-box stores.

The tablets offer similar features, including the HTC Sense user interface brought to tablets for the first time. Other features common to both include 7-inch 1,024 by 600 display with multitouch capability, 1.5GHz processor, 5-megapixel rear-facing video camera with auto focus, 1.3-megapixel front camera for video chatting, 4000mAh battery and new HTC Scribe technology.

Scribe is a digital-ink technology that lets consumers use a stylus to handwrite notes in script, sign contracts, draw pictures, or write on a web page or photo. A related feature called Timemark lets users integrate notes taken at a meeting with audio of a recorded meeting. When a user taps on a word in the written notes, the audio of that portion of the meeting is replayed.

 In one difference, the 3G/4G Evo View features 32GB of embedded memory plus a MicroSD card slot, while the Wi-Fi-only Flyer features 16GB of embedded memory plus MicroSD slot.

The Evo View 4G will ship initially with Android 2.3 OS but will be upgraded to the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS.  The U.S. Flyer's Android version wasn't announced.

 
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