HTC Starts Production Of iPad 2 Rival

HTC has apparently begun production of its 10.1-inch tablet, the Puccini, which will be a direct rival to the Apple iPad 2; according to Digitimes, it should be launched in June 2011.

The Taiwanese newspaper's sources claim that the device will contain a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz and will run on Google Android 3.0.1 Gingerbread.

Like the HTC Flyer, the Puccini will be equipped with a stylus that will allow users to use either the accessory or their fingers to interact with the touchscreen display.

The panels will apparently be sourced from AU Optronics and Wintek. Expect the Puccini to be a straight forward upgrade from the HTC Flyer with 1GB RAM, microSD, 3G capabilities, Wi-Fi with 32GB onboard storage, a five megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front facing one.

The most important question however remains the pricing strategy that HTC will adopt. At the moment, the HTC Flyer costs a staggering £600, more than its iPad 2 equivalent and around twice the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

A Wi-Fi only version of the tablet is available for £100. So HTC will either have to cut the price of the Flyer or risk commercial suicide by selling the Puccini for even more than its 7-inch brother, making it by far the most expensive tablet out there.