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HTC Puccini 10-inch Tablet To Face iPad 2

HTC will launch a new tablet it seems, called the Puccini, which we came across last week; more details have cropped up regarding the specifications of the device and, unsurprisingly, it looks like a bigger version of the HTC Flyer.

The Puccini, as it is known, will apparently come with a dual core Qualcomm MSM8660 system on chip clocked at 1.5GHz with an Adreno 220 GPU, as well as a 1280x800 pixel (WXGA) resolution, which is on a par with the rest of the (Android) competition - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola XOOM.

Also rumoured is that it will be launched on AT&T's 4G network and will obviously run on Android, although we're not sure whether HTC will stick to Gingerbread (which powers Flyer) or introduce Honeycomb as other similar tablets have done.

Other suggested improvements will include the HTC Sense user interface, the HTC Watch video on demand service, Onlive and HTC Scribe, which is a digitising pen that allows users to write directly on the screen, a unique feature that HTC will be looking to capitalise on.

It will be interesting to find out how much the Puccini sells for. The 7-inch HTC Flyer costs a whopping £600, albeit with 32GB and 3G. A 10-inch model could cost as much as £700, which compares very poorly with the 32GB 3G iPad 2 which retails for £579.

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