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HTC's 10-inch Rival To The iPad 2 Finally Photographed

What a few exciting days for tablets; first Motorola was acquired by Google, then HP cancelled the Touchpad and now the HTC Puccini, yet another candidate trying to outdo the iPad 2 has been revealed.

According to our friends at Engadget, the 10-incher from HTC will be available from AT&T first with native support for LTE and they also confirmed that the device would come with a dual core SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, a definite upgrade from the HTC Flyer.

It hasn't been confirmed yet whether the Taiwanese manufacturer will be sticking to Qualcomm but we doubt that they will source their parts elsewhere given that all HTC devices are Qualcomm-based.

Also confirmed is 1GB RAM onboard, 16GB storage, Android Honeycomb, an eight-megapixel rear camera with a 10.1-inch WXGA capacitive display and an overall design that's not unlike the XOOM or the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

It is likely that the Puccini will inherit some features of the Flyer including a front-facing camera, Bluetooth 3.0 and a microSD card reader; however, we don't think that it will come with a capacitive stylus.

Likewise, we are intrigued by the pricing strategy that HTC will adopt at launch. Arguably, the Puccini is a more upmarket product than the Flyer but yet, we can't help but think that both will have a similar price.