For anyone lamenting the fact that most of the Android tablets announced recently look alike (ahem, yours truly), HTC has brought something different to the game with the Flyer.
The form factor is familiar -- a 7-inch diagonal touchscreen -- but that's about it. First there's the aluminum unibody shell -- a single piece of metal that keeps things strong and light, about the same as a paperback book.
The HTC Sense user interface has been ramped up even more and looks beautiful an extremely fluid, thanks to a 1.5 GHz processor. It has 3D-like effects and really sucks you into the device. Movies played with ease, and the UI animations were as good as we've ever seen from HTC.
It's not running Honeycomb, and that's interesting. All of the Honeycomb tablets we've seen thus far are running what appears to be a stock UI. The Flyer with Sense, of course, is all HTC. Will it get a Honeycomb version at some point? Just have to see.
The Scribe pen stylus wasn't quite as gimmicky as we might have first though. It feels just a bit odd to be talking about a stylus in 2011, but HTC's obviously put a lot of thought into it.
Check out our first look video and pics after the break.
Faebook's Mark Zuckerberg made a recorded video appearance this morning at HTC's press conference and reiterated a point that needs to be reiterated yet again.
There is no single "Facebook phone."
Instead, he said, there will be "dozens" of Android phones that have a deeper integration with Facebook, including the recently announced HTC Salsa and ChaCha, and other phones like the INQ Cloud Touch.
So, no, there's no single Facebook phone. And nor should there be.
One Facebook phone isn't cool. You know what's cool? Two HTC phones that aren't technically "Facebook phones" in the sense that everybody means but instead have a special Facebook button on like a beauty mark on their lower-right chins.
Or something. The ChaCha looks like the more interesting phone to us, sporting a full QWERTY keyboard and a small 2.6 inch screen that makes it look like a very well-designed successor to the very-well-designed HTC Snap. The slightly angled design also looks good and we're warming up to the 4-way arrow keys they decided to include on that keyboard - text selection will probably need all the help it can get at that screen size.
There's also the HTC Salsa, which is a small slate device with a 3.4 inch screen. It's honestly a pretty unassuming device, but sometimes small sizes (and presumably small prices) can equal big successes. We'll see.
Back to that Facebook button. It's context-aware, so if you're looking at something on your phone that you can share, it will glow. Photos, web pages, music, location - all can be shared. It will launch a special Facebook app and finally work with Facebook messaging too - HTC says it's all part of an entirely new 'Sense experience,' but we can't quite say how it'll work because, as you noticed in the title, HTC has these little guys under glass and no-touching allowed.
Go on and take a gander at a few more shots after the break.
Several major UK carriers have already chimed in with official tweets detailing when HTC's latestbatch of Android smartphones will be launching on their networks.
According to the carriers' official Twitter accounts, Three and O2 will be getting the HTC Desire S. Orange and Vodafone will both be carrying the Desire S, Wildfire S and ChaCha when they're released in the second quarter of the year.
So far the only network to confirm that it'll be ranging the HTC Flyer tablet is Three, though the carrier made no mention of any exclusivity deal in its press release.
Huawei has officially announced two new Android devices -- the IDEOS X3 smartphone and the IDEOS S7 Slim tablet. Neither device was a big secret, but Huawei held their press conference at MWC today and made them both official.
The IDEOS X3 is an entry level phone, with a 3.2 inch HVGA display, a 3.2 MP camera, running Android 2.3. It's also touted as the thinnest 3.2 inch device on the market, but no dimensions were given. Expect the device in the spring of 2011, with an initial launch on Softbank Mobile in Japan.
The IDEOS S7 Slim is a 7 inch tablet with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, running Froyo. Not much is known and full specs haven't been released, but when we saw it at IFA 2010 (see our hands on) we saw 256 MB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU.
We'll reserve any judgment without some more hands-on time, but these both look like devices geared towards the budget minded consumer. And that's never a bad thing. The full press release, and a picture of the IDEOS S7 Slim is after the break.
Your loyal HTC Droid Incredible just got itself a nice little spec bump here at Mobile World Congress 2011. The HTC Incredible S now packs a 4-inch, WVGA Super LCD display, rear 8-mp camera with HD capabilities flanked by two LED flashes, a front-facing camera, 1GHz Qualcomm processor, and 768mb of RAM, all powered by a 1450mAh battery. One clever bit they added: when you rotate the phone, the capacitive buttons (which are just a display anyway) also rotate. Add in the new Sense experience on top of Android 2.3.2 and, yeah, like we said, it's a totally respectable bump.
They hardware we grabbed onto at the booth was pre-production but felt like an Incredible: big, solid, and not shy about adding a little thickness to get that contoured back. Pricing, availability - unknown. What we do know is that you can get some photos after the break and video is uploading.
As the HTC announcements are still on-going on, HTC has slowly been pushing videos to their Youtube account for everyone to get a better look at their upcoming devices. Currently posted you will find the HTC Salsa, Desire S , Wildfire S and the Flyer all featured in their own videos. The HTC Salsa is of course above, you'll find the Desire S, Wildfire S and Flyer right after the break. [YouTube]
News, theories, and phones supposedly running Android 2.4 have been kicking around for a while now, and we're seeing it mentioned again today from HTC. Word is that 2.4 is still Gingerbread, and we assume that it's the version with backwards support of some Honeycomb features for phones. We're live at HTC press event now, and hopefully we'll hear some more details. We'll keep you updated.
HTC has announced three new smartphones that will ship with HTC Sense; they are all upgrades of phones already in the market.
The Desire S will sport a 3.7-inch WVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and rear and front-facing cameras.
The Incredible S will boast a 4-inch WVGA Super LCD display, a rear 8MP a front-facing camera.
The Wildfire S will have a 3.2-inch HVGA display with a 5MP camera.
These devices will be available in the European and Asian markets in Q2. No specific dates or prices at this time. Stay tuned for more info on all three of these devices. Full press release and pics after the break.
Well, it looks like those HTC Facebook rumors were true after all. HTC has announced the HTC ChaCha and the HTC Salsa. These two oddly named devices will support a dedicated one-touch Facebook button on the front of each phone and will rock Android 2.3.3 under their hoods.
The ChaCha will dance its way around with a 2.6-inch display, and a full QWERTY keyboard to boot. The other phone, the HTC Salsa, will rock a full 3.4-inch display. And that's pretty much it, that's all we know so far. The new Facebook support seems to be a glorified modification of the new HTC Sense. We're betting that this is not the true "Facebook Phone" that has been long rumored since Erick Tseng left Google for Facebook Mobile. More info in the press release after the break.
HTC has announced their entrance to the tablet space this morning with the 7-inch HTC Flyer, with an all-new HTC Sense redesigned specifically for tablets. In addition, HTC has announced HTC Watch, a new video service and HTC Scribe, digital ink technology.
The Flyer has a 7-inch screen with a solid, aluminum body. HTC claims it weighs as little as a 'paperback book', which is vague but promising. It will also sport a 1.5GHz processor that will combine with HSPA+ technologies.
The newly redesigned HTC Sense is specific for tablets and will feature a 'gorgeous 3D homescreen'.
Along with the Flyer, HTC also unveiled it's Scribe technology, which allows users to use digital ink innovations in such functions as notes, contracts and drawing pictures.
HTC is also making a giant leap in the cloud-based video game space with their new gaming service provided by OnLive. It will allow users to transmit the service to their TVs or let them play on the tablet itself. A few titles already announced thus far are Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, NBA 2K11 and Lego Harry Potter.
The Flyer will ship in Q2 with Android 2.4 (Gingerbread), with Honeycomb coming later. The new tablet will be heavily built on the new HTC Sense technology, which has been specifically designed for tablets. Stay tuned for more exciting info from Spain! Full press release after the break.
As we prepare to head on in to the HTC event today, we wouldn't be off to a great start if there wasn't some last minute rumors popping up. No, we're not talking about those Facebook phones here. We're talking about the HTC Revolver which has been suggested to be a Honeycomb loving phone that is headed to AT&T. Of course, the fact it's a phone running Honeycomb has us wondering about the legitimacy of it all.
Spec wise the information suggests a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen, 16GB of on-board storage, and 1GB of memory with an 8 megapixel camera on the back and an 3 megapixel camera on the front. As much as we'd like to see how Honeycomb would run on a device like this, we'll have to wait for the HTC announcements later today. [Engadget]
*Update* - As expected, nothing to see here. just some Tom Foolery.