iPad Rival Alert : HTC Flyer Drops To £197

With a few days before the Mobile World Congress starts in Barcelona, daily deals website iBood has cut the price of the HTC Flyer to £196.90; that's less than half the original selling price of the device.

The offer ends tonight and is better than previous Samsung Galaxy Tab deal that surfaced last month.

When it was launched in February 2011, it had the fastest processor of any mobile device, a single core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, with the first stylus (made by Wacom) designed for capacitive displays called the Scribe.

The Flyer comes with a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread (with an official route to Ice Cream Sandwich later this year), HTC Sense, Bluetooth, 16GB onboard storage, 1GB RAM, a microSD card slot (that accepts up to 32GB cards, a 3.2-megapixel rear camera and a front facing one, plus HTC's own video-on-demand service called Watch.

The 3G version of the tablet also comes with twice the onboard storage but carries a significant premium. You can read a review of the HTC Flyer on our sister website ITReviews.

HTC has yet to confirm whether there will be a followup to the tablet. The company has rolled out a bigger tablet called the Puccini which, unlike the Flyer, runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb.