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Amazon Lists HTC Flyer For 699 Euros

Amazon Germany is listing the HTC Flyer, the just announced tablet from the Taiwanese company, for a whopping 669 euros, a price that includes VAT and shipping but is still far more expensive than the competition.

The tablet (opens in new tab), which unlike most others, runs Android 2.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense (no Gingerbread or Honeycomb) will likely cost around £550 when it launches in the UK.

One has to remember that the suggested retail price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab was £800 when it was launched back in September 2010 but poor sales quickly prompted Samsung to cut the price of the device.

It can now be had for £380 at Amazon (opens in new tab) although HMV is selling it in the UK (instore) for a mere £250, a 67 per cent discount off the original SRP.

The Flyer comes with a 7-inch SWVGA capacitive touchscreen with a five megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel one on the front, 1GB RAM, 3G support, Wi-Fi and 32GB internal memory.

It sports a 1.5GHz processor (probably a Qualcomm Snapdragon model) and weighs 420g. Its unique selling point however is a nifty digitizing pen which allows it to do more accurate things like photo retouching.

Sadly though, should the entry price of the HTC Flyer significantly more than the Samsung Galaxy Tab or the Apple iPad 3G version, it is unlikely to becoma a mainstream player.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.