The HTC Flyer Tablet : What To Expect

HTC's first tablet is expected to come out at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in three weeks time and lloks set to be based on the company's popular Desire handset.

Like LG, Samsung and Apple, HTC seems to have settled for a common platform programme, one that relies on shared hardware and software specifications to cut costs, slash time to market and improve reliability.

The current top range HTC handset is the Desire HD, the device the new HTC tablet, rumoured to be called Flyer, is likely to be based on.

Rumours point to a 7-inch tablet with a capacitive touchscreen and a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. Assuming that the Flyer will be a scaled up version of the HTC Desire HD, then there will be a single core Qualcomm MSM8255 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with an Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB RAM, 584MB ROM with a microSD card reader, Wi-Fi, BT, DLNA compatibility and optional 3G.

As it is the norm for most recent Android-tablets, this one should come with a front facing (1.3 megapixel) and a rear camera (5 megapixel) with flash as well plus an array of sensors, HDMI and USB ports.

We expect the tablet to become available with Honeycomb (although others point to Gingerbread at this point) by the end of the first half of the year and to be comparable in cost to the cheapest iPad (£429).