HTC Flyer Rumored to Re-Enter Market as Budget Tablet

HTC is expected to launch new devices September 19th event in New York, after sending press invites titled "Join HTC to see what’s next". Android Authority says that HTC would be rejoining the tablet party with the second generation HTC Flyer, which would compete with the popular Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire. The HTC Flyer 2 would have a 1280 x 768 pix resolution 7-inch display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board, dual 3 MP/1 MP cameras, and 0.28 inches or 7.1 mm thick (only half of predecessor). The new device is expected to be released in the fourth quarter of this year.

What Else You Need To Know

  • The original 7-inch Flyer was launched at $499 -- same pricing as the market leading iPad -- but bombed.
  • The success of $200 tablets from Google and Amazon may have prompted HTC to try out the budget-tablet arena. The HTC Flyer 2 is expected to take the same price range as other budget tablets.
  • At the September 19th event, HTC is also rumored to unveil a 5-inch, quad-core "phablet" and/or new Windows Phone 8 models.

Other sources

I’m as baffled as you probably are by HTC’s decision to follow on the footsteps of a 2011 tablet that never really took off, but the Flyer 2’s existence has been confirmed by a “source in the know” close to Phone Arena, so it might not be just a made-up rumor. - Adrian Diaconescu, Android Authority  
The camera, oddly, seems to be getting downgraded, moving from a 5/1.3-megapixel front/back arrangement to just three megapixels around back and one up front; that may be a cost-reducing decision. - Stephen Schenck, PocketNow  
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