Wednesday, February 16, 2011

HTC debuts new Flyer - a 7" Android tablet

HTC has just rolled out what looks to be a great challenge to the iPad. I have not had a chance to handle the unit yet, but for a traveling photographer, it looks quite compelling on their website.

The unit measures 4.8" x 7.7" and weighs under one pound. The display is a 7 inch touch-sensitive screen with 1024 X 600 resolution. Power comes from a 1.5 GHz processor, 32 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM. A microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible) gives you additional storage if needed. 

Of special interest to photographers,  it comes equipped with a 5 megapixel color camera with auto focus and a 1.3 megapixel front camera. Video is captured at 720p HD. 

To make photo editing a snap, it comes with a pen as well as a touch screen. They state, "HTC Flyer's magic pen transforms anything. It can draw, paint, write, and even retouch pictures. It can be a highlighter for the reader (and by the way all your highlights will be collated when you're done). The HTC Flyer can link audio to the notes you take for work, and it can add voiceover to a storybook you're drawing up at home. Work or play, it's magic for the whole family.":

Sounds like a winner if the unit is as good as it's pictured. Stay tuned for a hands-on test.  

In Cleveland, HTC is handled by all the major cellphone distributors:  AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Alltel and T-Mobile.

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