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HTC Flyer Tablet To Come On May 9th

HTC has announced that its first tablet, the Flyer, will go on sale in the UK from the 9th of May; the tablet has already gone on pre-order at Carphone Warehouse, Best Buy and Clove Technologies.

The 7-inch tablet will carry a rather hefty suggested retail price of £599.99 although we believe that prices will be tumbling rather quickly if the same pattern we witnessed with the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Motorola XOOM repeats itself.

The Flyer tablet (opens in new tab) has a 1024x600 pixel screen resolution, a single core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon system on chip, 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage that can be augmented to 64GB (thereby matching the storage capacity of the iPad 2), Wi-Fi, 3G, a five-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front facing one, plus the HTC Scribe stylus pen.

HTC has also utilised the expertise it acquired through the Legend, so it's not surprising therefore that the Flyer has an aluminium unibody casing.

It will run on Android 2.3 (or 2.4 depending on whom you ask) and will include the latest version of HTC's Sense user interface as well as a notetaking app and the HTC watch service that gives you access to movies on the go.

At £600 though, the Flyer is exceedingly expensive especially when compared to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which admittedly doesn't have the same specs but can be purchased for almost half the price.

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.