HTC Pits Flyer Tablet Against Forthcoming iPad 2

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HTC has released the Flyer this morning, a 7-inch tablet that we hope will give it a fighting chance against the Apple iPad 2 tablet.

It is however with the Samsung Galaxy Tab that many will compare the Flyer. It has a 7-inch WSVGA capacitive touchscreen that can even be used with a pen.

HTC has bundled what it calls a magic pen for that purpose and says that it can be used for drawing, painting, highlighting and even retouching pictures; it is the first time that we've seen a capacitive screen with a pen.

The Flyer is powered by a 1.5GHz chipset, most certainly a Qualcomm MSM8255 which can be found inside the HTC Desire HD; the issue however is that there's no 1.5GHz MSM8255, the only official 1.5GHz part from Qualcomm is the QSD8672.

Other features include 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage with a microSD card reader which could boost the total storage to a whopping 64GB.

There's also a five-megapixel camera at the back with a 1.3-megapixel one for video conferencing and it will be powered by Android 2.3 rather than Honeycomb.

As expected, it comes with Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, GPS plus a 4000mAh battery that has a standby time of up to 1470 hours and can provide enough juice for 4-hour video playback.

The tablet is expected to be launched in the second half of 2011, around the same time as the RIM Playbook and the Apple iPad 2 go on sale.