Dixons and its sister websites, Currys and PC World, have put two of the four versions of the HTC Flyer Android-based tablet on preorder on its website with the expected release date scheduled for early May 2011.
The 16GB Wi-Fi only version (opens in new tab) of the tablet is on sale for £480 while the 32GB model with 3G costs £599. In comparison, the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 costs £399 while the 32GB iPad 2 can be had for only £579.
Carphone Warehouse started to take preorders for the phone at the beginning of April for £600 and although the tablet comes with a small 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive multitouch LCD screen, it has the fastest processor on any portable device (smartphone or tablet).
Announced at the Mobile World Congress in February, the Flyer uses an unknown single core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.5GHz which comes with an Adreno 220 GPU.
Other features include 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD card, HDMI, a five megapixel camera with AF and a 1.3-megapixel front camera, Dual speakers with SRS WOW HD virtual surround sound and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
It does come with a unique digital scribe pen as well as HTC's dedicated video service called Watch and mobile cloud gaming with Onlive. However, given that the tablet is nearly twice the price of the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, we expect that, unless HTC dramatically cuts the price of the Flyer, sales will not be spectacular.