WHILE GUESSING what the next Android mobile tablet will look like is not exactly rocket science, it is nice to see that occasionally someone bothers to leak the details.
A Norwegian technology magazine, A Mobile has got its paws on the full specifications of the HTC Flyer.
Normally the only question about the latest batch of tablets is the size. The HTC Flyer will be a 7-inch tablet measured diagonally, and the screen resolution will be 1024x600 pixels. This is the same size and display resolution that we know from the Samsung Galaxy Tab, what a surprise.
The processor will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255. This is identical to HTC's current top of the range Desire HD smartphone. Nope, no surprises there either.
It will have HSPA, otherwise known as super 3G, which will give it download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps and upload speeds of 5.76Mbps. And it will have a video camera. So this is one of those tablets that is more of a big phone.
There is the usual front mounted camera that gives it the ability to make video calls. It will have resolution of 1.3 megapixels, while the primary camera on the back of the unit will snap pictures at the resolution of 5 megapixels.
Yeah not bad, but not exactly a game changer. The primary camera will also have a LED-flash and facial recognition.
The only real question is whether the HTC Flyer tablet will come with Android 2.3, Gingerbread, or Android 3, Honeycomb, and sadly the leaked specifications don't say.
A Mobile's source said that HTC has made many minor improvements in its Sense user interface to get more of a "desktop feel" and there might be a 10-inch version of the tablet coming out soon.
All these tablets are pretty much the same and they are all coming out at the same price as Apple's over-priced Ipad. It seems that the manufacturers have not worked out that if they want to create Ipad killers they have to do something new and price it lower.
Repeating the same tired patterns of an expensive keyboardless netbook is pointless. µ