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Launching a product on Friday the 13th could be seen as a bad omen by some – but not HTC apparently, as it has made its 7in Flyer tablet available in the UK today.

The very intriguing Flyer will be on sale in the UK today HTC promise with units hitting shelves around the country as well as online orders being available. Currently on the HTC online store the Flyer is still only available for pre-order but HTc has confirmed this is going to be updated some time today. There are two configurations available to customers: a 16GB Wi-Fi only model for £479.99 and a 32GB Wi-Fi 3G model for £599.99. Comparing them to similar iPad 2 models and the Flyer comes out more expensive in both cases, £80 in the case of the Wi-Fi only model and just £20 in the case of the Wi-Fi 3G model. Of course there will be subsidised contracts on offer with the tablet costing £169 with Three on a £25-per-month contract.

HTC Flyer

One of the unique features of the tablet is the stylus which users will be happy to hear comes bundled with the Flyer. We saw the Flyer at its launch in Barcelona and we were impressed with the tablets feel and performance. Of course one of the draw backs will be that the Flyer is only going to be shipping with Android 2.3.3 rather than the tablet specific Honeycomb – though HTC did promise an update soon after release. Yesterday we saw a possible 7-inch contender to challenge the HTC in the form of the Honeycomb-touting ViewPad 7x which will hit stores next month.

The Flyer is without doubt an intriguing prospect and with the stylus offers something most other tablets don’t and if the Honeycomb update comes sooner rather than later HTC could have a hit on its hands. So will you be purchasing one or is the price just too high?

Update: The Carphone Warehouse has announced it will be stocking the HTC Flyer from today also available on a two year contract for £129 and £25 per month. It also announced the availability of the LG Optimus Pad for a massive £750. You'd really want to love taking 3D photos to consider laying out that much cash but of course it also has Honeycomb and an 8.9in WXGA screen. It is also available on contract for £299 plus £25 per month for two years.

Source: HTC and Carphone Warehouse

lensmann

May 13, 2011, 5:31 pm

I might, but it depends on what they've done with the stylus - and, more importantly, what the stylus lets the user do. I'm quite looking forward to TR's review.

Tablets in general are priced high enough that they're not impulse purchases. I'd buy one if it had serious productive functionality - something that would justify forking out a huge wad of cash to own it in addition to a laptop - but not as a toy. The current crop of iPad and iPad-esque tablets have a good deal to say for them in terms of fun apps, but in terms of productivity whilst they can do around 80% of what a laptop can, they don't really do anything that much better than a laptop (apart from being more comfortable to use on long-haul flights in cattle class). The Playbook was supposed to address this, but failed miserably. The marketing materials for the Flyer suggests that HTC's also been thinking about this issue, so I'm quite interested in seeing what they've come up with. HTC's phones did a lot to turn phones based on Windows Mobile 5.0 and up into something that was useful to travelling businessmen and the managerial class in general (remember the TyTN and TyTN 2?), so I'm hopeful that they'll manage something similar with the Flyer or its successors.

Zero 1

May 13, 2011, 8:55 pm

Stupid pricing... don't people realise we are going through a economic downturn.

Gk.pm

May 13, 2011, 11:41 pm

So is the UK version sold with or without the pen?

In the US, Best Buy sells it without the pen, which is bad because they seem to be the only ones carrying the Wifi version.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/06/htc-flyer-stylus-on-sale-at-best-buy-for-80-because-matching-g/

As they charge £47 for the pen it would be interesting to know. It's not clear from the webpage.

lensmann

May 14, 2011, 4:56 pm

In the UK, the tablet comes with the stylus. Even in the US, it's only Best Buy who're selling the stylus separately. Everybody else includes the stylus.

monto

May 16, 2011, 1:07 am

Ah, lensmann, the TyTN... I still go back to it every time a phone co tries to tempt me with a new expensive contract. I even run it as a Squeezebox remote to this day.

betelgeus

May 16, 2011, 2:04 am

how can the optimus pad go on sale here for £750,when in usa it is $700?

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