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HTC Flyer 7-inch tablet Video Hands-On from MWC 2011

Another tablet enters the market, with some pretty cool HTC branded features

By Cameron Wilmot from Feb 15, 2011 @ 7:21 CST

MWC 2011 - Today HTC announced its first tablet at MWC called "Flyer". It is a 7-inch tablet with a 1024 x 600 display running Android and maybe most notably with HTC Sense for Tablets. Many will know HTC Sense on HTC's range of mobile phones, a kind of overlay on the OS which includes a range of easy to use widgets and such. HTC Sense for Tablets is much of the same thing, but has been optimized for the larger screen.

Next up is HTC Scribe Technology which implemented a "scribble" feature which allows the user to jot down notes or mark certain sections in books or even on Facebook and other applications that they want to remember or to easily show to a friend. Using the included multi-function pen, you can select different pen thicknesses and colors and just start writing in many different areas. If you want to make changes, you can adjust the pen setting and use it as an eraser.


From the looks of things, you use the pen to tap in a certain area of the screen and it quickly snaps a screenshot and launches the "Scribble" application. Basically, it seems like you are editing a saved screenshot image in a very simple graphics editor. Then if you like you can share the Scribble image using a range of different methods.

Also included is a new feature called HTC Watch. It allows you to quickly and easy buy or rent movies. From the sounds of it, this service will be available to consumers all around the world, and not just in the United States. OnLive is a service that is also supported on the Flyer, although unfortunately we couldn't see it in action. Once ready, it will add some extra spice to your tablet by allowing you to play games such as Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, NBA 2K11 and Lego Harry Potter without the need of physically downloading the titles or worrying about the tablet being powerful enough to run the games due to the nature of the OnLive technology, which renders everything in the cloud on their servers.

The HTC Flyer will go on sale to customers globally between April and June this year. It should be a strong competitor to Samsung's Galaxy Tab. You can see the extensive list of specs over at this page.

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