HTC is building a follow-up to its first tablet, the HTC Flyer, according to reports. The HTC Flyer 2 will be super-thin and super-fast, if the specs are to be believed.
PhoneArena received a tip that a new 7-inch tablet is in production over at HTC HQ. The HTC Flyer 2 will look to push on from the original with a far more competitive power plant.
The first Flyer was criticised in some quarters for arriving with a single-core processor at a time when the first dual-core CPUs were showing up in its rivals. It seems the HTC Flyer 2 won’t suffer the same criticism, thanks to a Qualcomm S4 CPU – presumably the same dual-core number that runs the HTC One S, but with a higher clock speed.
The report also suggests that the HTC Flyer 2 will sport a much improved display with a 1280 x 768 resolution – which is only slightly lower than the similarly proportioned Nexus 7.
Just like the Nexus 7 the HTC Flyer will run on the very latest version of the Android OS, Jelly Bean. Unlike Google’s popular tablet it’ll feature a rear-facing camera, although only a 3-megapixel one.
Arguably the HTC Flyer 2’s defining feature will be its wafer-thin body. At 7.1mm, it would be a massive 3.5mm thinner than the aforementioned Nexus 7, and a frankly ridiculous 6mm thinner than the original Flyer. Add in an anodised aluminium chassis and we could be looking at one premium 7-incher.
Of course, the buzz word with recent 7-inch tablet successes has been price, and if HTC doesn’t get near the £200 mark with the Flyer 2 it could be in for another sales disappointment.
If the rumours are true, of course. We may well find out on September 19, when HTC holds its next big event.