Specs for rumored HTC Flyer tablet escape into the open

Htc_flyer_tabletMere days after the last round of HTC Android tablet rumors where the so-called HTC Flyer was first mentioned, it now looks like we have some more juicy information in the form of alleged specs and an image to add to the rumor pot, putting more weight behind the existence of the device.

Coming from an un-named source of Norwegian tech site amobil, the information may not be completely up to date but paints a fairly compelling picture that also seems to mesh with some other rumors we've been hearing. The HTC Flyer is said to have a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with a high resolution of 1024×600, perfectly matching one of its potential main competitors, the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Processing power comes in the form of the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255, one of the newer members of the existing single-core Snapdragon family with an Adreno 205 graphics processor. Other information includes the inclusion of HSPA 3G, HDMI-output, DLNA support, and a 5MP rear-facing camera (with LED flash and facial recognition) and a 1.3MP webcam.

Unlike the Galaxy Tab, the Flyer is said to not include phone functionality but will have VoIP capabilities using Skype. The tablet is also pencilled in as using Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but keeping in mind these specs were attained prior to the unveiling of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, it's very possible that the final device will be shipping with Google's latest version. Lastly, the Flyer is said to feature a modified version of HTC's popular Sense UI, customized for the larger tablet form factor to give the device more of a "desktop feel."

Although this is all still just rumor without any official confirmation, it sounds very plausible and believable. The specs don't appear to be anything revolutionary, but would definitely be very competitive in the current market also indicating that HTC would be aiming the Flyer at the mass market, targeting other mainstream 7-inch tablets rather than going for a very expensive, top-end device that may still come in the form of another device in its line-up. Hopefully we will get the official information from HTC either before or during the Mobile World Congress.

[amobil via CarryPad]
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