MWC 2011: HTC 7-inch Flyer tablet with stylus takes a bow in Barcelona – promises On-Live cloud gaming


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As well as launching five new smartphones in Barcelona, HTC have finally entered the tablet fray after taking the wraps off their new 7-inch Flyer Android slate at their MWC press conference this morning.

The device sports a 1.5GHz single-core CPU, 1GB of RAM plus 32GB of flash storage, an aluminum unibody construction, plus a 1024 x 600 resolution display.

The Flyer’s real calling card, however, comes with a pressure-sensitive capacitive stylus that uses HTC’s new Scribe technology,

The firm say the stylus will deliver a “groundbreaking pen experience” offering accurate control over writing or drawing rather than just being a pointing device for navigating menus.

The rest of the specs are pretty much as you would expect, with a 5 megapixel camera on the back coupled with a 1.3 megapixel video chat-friendly snapper on the up front, a 4000mAh battery rated to last for four hours of continuous video playback, and memory expandability via a microSD card.

Set for a spring release, the device will run Android 2.4 at launch coupled with a bespoke version of HTC’s Sense overlay, with the promise of an update to Google’s Honeycomb tablet-optimised operating system scheduled for later in the year.

Elsewhere, the Flyer marks the first sign of HTC’s recently announced team-up with OnLive, with the tablet sporting a dedicated app for the cloud based game streaming service, while HTC’s new Watch movie download app is also set to make its premiere on the tablet.