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Hands On: HTC Jetstream Tablet

Qualcomm had an HTC Jetstream tablet on display at the Qualcomm IQ conference in Istanbul and we seized the opportunity to grab a few shots of the device formerly known as the Puccini.

The device had an AT&T logo, which isn't surprising given that it is only available from the US-based mobile phone operator on its 4G LTE network.

The Jetstream runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb rather than the Flyer's Android Gingerbread iteration, with HTC's own Sense user interface.

It packs a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, has 1GB RAM onboard, 16GB of storage, a microSD card reader, an eight megapixel rear camera with full HD video recording capabilities, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and dual LED flash.

It is however significantly heavier than both the Apple iPad 2 and the Toshiba Excite at 709g, and it is also significantly thicker than most of its rivals at 13mm. This can be partly explained by the fact that it comes with a 7300mAh battery, quite possibly the biggest on the market.

A spokesperson for Qualcomm told us that there were no plans yet to bring the tablet to the UK in the foreseeable future.

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Désiré Athow
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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 ITProPortal.com 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.