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. 

HTC UNVEILS HTC FLYER™, THE FIRST TABLET WITH HTC SENSE™

Aluminum unibody design with touch and pen interaction make HTC Flyer unique

First tablet with HTC Watch™ video service, HTC Scribe™ Technology and OnLive® cloud gaming

BARCELONA, SPAIN – Mobile World Congress – February 15, 2011 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced its first tablet, the HTC FlyerTM. HTC Flyer blends HTC's trademark design language with an all-new HTC Sense user experience that has been reimagined for the tablets. Using an intuitive and innovative approach to tablets, HTC Flyer combines natural touch and pen interaction. HTC also announced HTC Watch, a new connected video service that will debut on HTC Flyer tablet, and will collaborate with OnLive, Inc. to launch the first cloud-based mobile gaming service on a tablet.

"Clearly, smartphones have transformed our lives but as we observed how people use smartphones, computers and other technologies, we saw an opportunity to create a tablet experience that is different, more personal and productive," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. "We are progressing down a path as an industry when people will no longer be in a single device paradigm, but have multiple wireless devices for different needs; this is the direction we are moving."

Encased in a sleek aluminum unibody, the HTC Flyer tablet exudes the iconic style and build quality HTC is known for. It is also ultra-light, weighing as little as a paperback book, and compact enough to fit in a jacket pocket only. With a seven-inch display, lightning fast 1.5Ghz processor and high-speed HSPA+ wireless capabilities, the HTC Flyer tablet is perfect for those who have been waiting for a tablet that is both compact and powerful.

HTC Sense for Tablet
HTC Sense revolutionized smartphones by placing the person at the center of the experience. HTC Flyer's tablet-focused HTC Sense experience focuses on surprising and delighting people with its gorgeous 3D home screen. A unique carousel of widgets puts a user's most important content and information at the visual center of the experience. The HTC Flyer tablet also offers uncompromised Web browsing with Flash 10 and HTML 5.

HTC Scribe Technology
Touch interaction lights up the HTC Flyer tablet experience, but it also offers a groundbreaking pen experience. With the new HTC Scribe Technology on the HTC Flyer tablet, people can rediscover the natural act of writing. HTC Scribe Technology introduces a wave of integrated digital ink innovations that make it easy and natural to take notes, sign contracts, draw pictures, or even write on a web page or photo.

HTC Scribe Technology on the HTC Flyer tablet transforms traditional note-taking into smart note-taking by integrating natural onscreen writing with thoughtful and integrated innovations. A feature called Timemark enables you to capture the audio of a meeting in line with your written notes, so tapping on a word in your notes instantly takes you to that exact place in time in the audio recording of the meeting. Notes are also integrated with the calendar so when there is an appointment reminder you are automatically prompted with an opportunity to begin a new note or in the case of recurring meetings, to continue where the last meeting left off. In an industry first, the HTC Flyer tablet also features built-in synchronization with Evernote™, the world-leading notes application and service.

Streaming Mobile Movies with HTC Watch
The HTC Flyer tablet premieres HTC Watch, HTC's new video download service. The HTC Watch service enables low-cost on-demand progressive downloading of hundreds of High-Definition movies from major studios. The intuitive, natural design of the HTC Watch service makes it easy to find the latest movie and video content, while advanced technology on the back-end enables instant playback over the HTC Flyer tablet's high-speed wireless connection.

Mobile Cloud Gaming with OnLive
HTC takes mobile gaming to an entirely new level by being the first mobile device in the world to integrate OnLive Inc.'s revolutionary cloud-based gaming service. OnLive is leading in the home gaming market by letting people play top video games on their televisions and computers without the need to buy expensive gaming hardware or software. When integrated fully, the OnLive service will enable customers to pipe the OnLive service through the HTC Flyer tablet's broadband wireless to their television sets, or let them play directly on the tablet. When integrated on the HTC Flyer tablet, people can play a variety of games, including hits like Assassin's Creed Brotherhood™, NBA 2K11 and Lego Harry Potter™.

Availability
HTC Flyer will be available to customers globally during Q2 2011.

About HTC
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

 

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HTC announces the HTC Flyer, a 7-inch tablet with tablet-specific HTC Sense

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Love HTC, but anything less than Honeycomb at launch on a tablet is a major fail. But...I would never buy a tablet. With a 4.3" screen smartphone and a netbook, there's just no need for a tablet. Pretty to look at, but serves no practical purpose not already covered. It would just be one more thing to charge, and keep up with.

Damnit. HTC really just let me down. Between this subpar tablet, and the underwhelming Incredible reboot, I am really hoping they step up their game and have more to offer by the end of the year. Cause this is sad. HTC is my go to company. But this is all "meh".

Yes!!!!!! Was looking for a device that can replace my current tab in the future. I think this will be the one. Love the fact that it will first come with 2.4 with an upgrade path. Don't know why but it's always nice to have a choice here in case honeycomb isn't that great on a 7" tablet (could also be a text book example of cognitive dissonance.. Just want this thing :)

I agree 10 inch, dual core, honeycomb and the new sense ui and it's a winner! Hopefully that's what we get at CTIA next month. Still not a bad first try

Don't know. I think there's a interesting space between 10" tablets and phones. 7" pads are great to be used as a portable organizer and are fun to use as a ereader.

My wish list for the future: a full featured, but non expensive phone, a small tablet for on the road and a 12" or bigger tablet to replace my notebook for surfing and editing texts. (in the days of windows tablets 10" was considered pretty small pretty soon when they came out, so I don't know why everyone is looking for a 10" now. Maybe an apple thing :P )

This thing looks beautiful compared to all the other tablets coming out. But I'm not sure about the 7 inch form factor and anything less than Honeycomb on a tablet is a no go for me at this point. So close HTC but where's your 10 incher? (hehe, 10 incher).

I love that its 7". I don't mind if it ships with 2.4 as long as it gets honeycomb at some point and time (htc is the best when it comes to upgrades). And best of all I'll go off on a limb and say it'll be much less than the xoom and tab 10.1, thus it's for me.

I have a laptop, so I don't need some powerhouse tablet. This suites me perfectly. I just want something I can watch videos and slingbox while I'm at work.

I'm disappointed. I wanted the Flyer to be a pure 7" Android 3.0 tablet. I guess I have to look elsewhere; maybe the Acer Iconia A100.

Yep six months to try to get gingerbread to work with sense Google should bitxh slap HTC. A seven inch evo is what I see

I'm incredibly disappointed with HTC. Three new phones, none of them all that impressive, and a single-core tablet with a stylus? The stylus looks great for writing notes, sure, but I feel like it's an unnecessary cost attached to the tablet.

Having Sense on the tablet is disappointing, especially since they said that they "didn't have enough time to integrate Sense into Honeycomb". I don't want Sense in Honeycomb; that's why Honeycomb is there. Add widgets if you'd like, but I don't want the ugly launcher and the sluggishness associated with it. I loved Sense when I first got my HTC Hero, but I've outgrown it. I'm running CM7 and I like it much better.

HTC needs to do something to distinguish its tablet from the other Honeycomb tablets, but it should have been useful widgets and high-quality hardware, not a full Sense overlay.

Very, very disappointing.

I have been waiting for this, for a very long time. Ever since I held the first Sammy Tab, and knew HTC would do better. I would have pre-ordered, last fall. HTC, has got it goin on. The boarder is a little bigger than I had hoped though.
But remember the podcast reminder folks? Enterprise, is, and will be a big driver now. HTC plans ahead. They are of course, Quietly Brilliant. The stylus will go a long ways towards the artist, and entrepreneur in all of us.
I can also see now, why they changed the name. From 'scribe', to Flyer. To keep the more narrow minded, from thinking this Tab 'HAS to use a stylus' to operate.
On the 10" front. There will be a 10" HTC Tablet. Hold your horses. Those of us on the go, and Enterprise, want a 7" Tablet. So we are first. Those of you couch tablets, will come second ; - )

Went to BBY to check out the Flyer this evening. After some "Who's on First" confusion about which ad in this weeks Flyer I was interested in they did have a demo to play with and 2 in stock. The form, balance and feel was excellent, but it really is a big EVO.
I almost took one home as they have a 14 return policy with no restock fee. But after some thought, and looking at the Xoom and iPad2, my wife & I agreed that since we both have EVO's and a netbook that we would wait for the 10" models with Honeycomb that are coming soon.
The stylus is a very interesting idea. It even made my atrocious handwriting look acceptable. It didn't appear to work in text entry fields, IE: search, but was very easy to use as a freehand note tool. Something to watch develop over the next few generations.