HTC Preparing Another iPad 2 Rival

HTC is rumoured to be preparing a new 10-inch tablet device called Puccini that, unlike the HTC Flyer, will be a direct competitor to Apple's iPad 2 as they share the same screen size.

Pocketnow reports that the tablet will be available on AT&T's soon-to-be-launched, so-called "True 4G" LTE network.

The fact that is bears the name of a famous Italian opera composer could also mean that it will have some great audio capabilities.

If Puccini is a straight forward upgrade to the HTC Flyer, then you can expect it to have a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon system on chip clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, a five-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front facing one, Wi-Fi, a microSD card reader and an HDMI input.

Whether HTC will also bundle the Scribe pressure sensitive pen technology remains to be seen, but the tablet will definitely come with Android 3.x Honeycomb with the latest HTC Sense user interface.

Earlier rumours put the launch of Puccini towards the end of the first half of the year and it is likely to face the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab SII, the Motorola XOOM, the Acer Iconia A501 and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.

The HTC Flyer is already on preorder for around the price of the iPad 2 which means that the Puccini may either cost more, or HTC may be preparing to cut the price of the Flyer.