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First Pictures Of HTC iPad 2 Rival Emerge

What look like the first real pictures of the HTC Puccini, the company's first 10-inch tablet, have been published online courtesy of tech website BGR.

The tablet which is shown complete with a stylus and a classy leather case, bears the AT&T logo and will come with a 4G LTE radio.

BGR says that the tablet will come with an eight-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, stereo speakers and microphone and support for stylus input just like the smaller HTC Flyer.

Other reports have suggested that it will pack the same Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.5GHz as its smaller sibling as well as Android Honeycomb, HTC Sense UI and HTC Watch.

The Puccini should also come with a 10-inch 1280x800 pixel capacitive display, a microSD card slot and a front facing camera.

We're slightly surprised to see that the tablet apparently has a thinner bezel on the shorter side of its frame while most tablets tend to keep the bezel thickness constant on all sides for design reasons.

Expect the Puccini to be available in the UK in the fourth quarter of the year if its launch in the US happens before the end of the month. The biggest unknown though will be the price; HTC will either need to do a significant effort to drop the price of the Flyer or it will be forced to sell the Puccini for more than the latter in which case the Puccini will be, by far, the most expensive tablet on the market.

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.