Best Buy announced that it will begin offering a Wi-Fi version of the HTC Flyer on Sunday, May 22. This tablet is a fast, portable and lightweight device that easily fits in a jacket pocket when you’re on the go. The intuitive HTC Sense experience delivers quick access to your e-mail, calendar and friends and lets you enjoy your favorite music, videos, games and more.
The retail giant is already taking preorders for the 7-inch tablet, which sells for $499.99. The Flyer runs Android 2.3 with a tablet-optimized version of HTC’s Sense UI, as well as support for an optional stylus.
While neither Best Buy nor HTC has confirmed pricing for the stylus, various Web sites are reporting that it will carry an $80 price tag.
HTC – Flyer Tablet Features:
* Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system
With HTC Sense allows you to stay connected and productive.
* Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n network
For Internet capability on the go (additional fees may apply). HTC Watch allows you to rent or buy movies and watch them instantly.
* Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP capability
For wireless communication with a Bluetooth-enabled stereo headset.
* 7″ color touch-screen display
With 1024 x 600 resolution for easy navigation of features.
* 16GB internal memory
Along with a microSDHC card slot allows you to store or transfer media (card not included).
* Front-facing 1.3MP autofocus camera
Along with a 5.0MP high-definition autofocus camera for capturing video.
* Media player
For viewing photos, listening to your favorite tunes or watching videos. Supported formats include AAC, AMR, OGG, M4A, MP3, WMA, WAV, 3GP, 3G2, MP4, WMV, AVI and XVID.
Allows you to capture, stylize and share photos.
* HTC Notes
With Time Mark and synching audio, photo and notes capability adds more useful functionality to your mobile phone.
* Kid Mode by Zoodles
Provides a safe and secure experience for kids.
On the hardware front, the Flyer boasts a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. Internal memory is listed as 16GB; however, a microSD slot allows for additional storage. Other details include support for 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, an MHL port, and DLNA capability.
I’ll be interested in seeing what kind of adoption this tablet gets considering it’s not simply a scaled-up phone experience. Unlike the 7-inch Galaxy Tab, the Flyer was designed with specific features and functions in mind.
As you’ll recall, the stylus that ships in the retail box just about everywhere else will be markedly missing from the Best Buy bundle, costing an extra $80 to those who simply must have it. You’ll be able to purchase your Flyer online and at all brick-and-mortar Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores, but if mobile connectivity is more important to you, we’d advise holding out a little while longer for the 3G- and 4G-capable Evo View variety on Sprint.
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