New York - The tablets and smartphones keep on coming.
AT&T will expand its Windows 7 smartphone selection to four models with June 5 launch of the $199 HTC HD7S, announced at the CTIA convention. It joins the $49 Samsung Focus, $49 LG Quantum, and $99 HTC Surround. Those three were initially priced at $199 when launched late last year.
For its part, Best Buy plans May 22 availability of the $499 Wi-Fi-only HTC Flyer tablet, which will be available exclusively through Best Buy as previously announced. The tablet has been available for preorder.
For use on the AT&T network, the touchscreen-only HTC HD7S features a 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD touchscreen, 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, 16GB of memory, 720p video capture, and the latest version of Windows Phone software, which offers such new features as the ability to copy and paste text.
The HD7S features a larger screen than AT&T's other two Windows 7 phones. The LG-made Quantum, for example, features 3.5-inch touchscreen and slide-out keyboard. The Samsung-made touchscreen-only Focus features 4-inch display and is only 9.9mm thick. And HTC Surround features 3.6-inch screen and is promoted as a media and gaming phone.
The AT&T Windows phones feature preloaded AT&T U-verse Mobile application, enabling qualifying subscribers of AT&T U-verse home service to download and watch TV shows on the Windows Phone. Non-U-verse customers can subscribe to U-verse Mobile for $9.99 a month and choose from a broad selection of programming to watch on the phone.
The new AT&T phone is similar to the HTC-made HD7 Windows 7 phone already available from T-Mobile with 4.3-inch touchscreen.
At Best Buy, HTC's Flyer tablet will be available through all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile standalone stores and through BestBuy.com. It features Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, HTC's Sense user interface, 1024x600 7-inch touchscreen with pinch-to zoom capability, 1.5GHz processor, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/, 16GB of embedded memory, microSD slot, stereo Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA certification, HDMI output, Flash 10 and HTML 5 for web browsing, and fingertip and pen interaction with the screen.
Other key features include 5-megapixel camera/camcorder with 720p HD video capture and autofocus, front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chatting, microUSB port, and 4,000mAh battery.
The tablet also features new HTC Scribe technology, 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. Notes are also integrated with the calendar.