HTC Flyer™ yang baru saja diumumkan oleh HTC di acara Mobile World Congress, 15 Februari 2011, adalah produk jenis tablet pertama yang diproduksi oleh HTC. Memang HTC agak terlambat memasuki segmen tablet ini dibanding para pesaingnya seperti Samsung atau LG, bahkan merek lain yang bukan dari spesialis smartphone seperti Dell, Acer, atau Archos. Samsung Galaxy Tab adalah tablet Android yang paling sukses. Sampai saat ini penjualannya tercatat telah mencapai lebih dari 2 juta unit di seluruh dunia.
HTC akhirnya mencoba memasuki segmen tablet yang cukup menjanjikan prospeknya dengan menghadirkan produk pertamanya yang diberi nama HTC Flyer™. Diposisikan untuk bersaing secara langsung dengan Galaxy Tab, HTC Flyer™ pun memiliki ukuran yang sama, yaitu 7 inci. Jika menilik spesifikasi dan fitur-fitur yang ditawarkannya, HTC Flyer™ diyakini sangat mampu untuk bersaing dengan Galaxy Tab. Namun demikian, perlu dicatat bahwa pada saat HTC Flyer™ siap untuk dirilis − bahkan pada saat diumumkan − produsen lain telah memiliki produk tablet dengan spesifikasi lebih tinggi daripada HTC Flyer™, contohnya adalah Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, dan LG Optimus Pad, yang masing-masing telah dibekali dengan processor jenis dual-core sementara HTC Flyer™ masih berkutat di kelas single-core.
Yang lebih mengherankan lagi, HTC yang sebelumnya terkenal selalu up to date dalam hal hardware maupun software, masih menggunakan Android versi 2.4 Gingerbread untuk produk tablet pertamanya ini. Padahal semua orang pasti tahu bahwa saat ini merek-merek pesaingnya yang disebutkan di atas sudah menggunakan versi 3.0 Honeycomb yang memang didesain untuk keperluan pengoperasian tablet secara optimal. Kemungkinan besar hal ini terjadi karena HTC terlalu sibuk berkutat pada kustomisasi Sense-UI nya yang belum dapat diselesaikan untuk versi Honeycomb. Mudah-mudahan upgrade ke versi Honeycomb nantinya akan tersedia dalam waktu yang tidak terlalu lama sejak rilis perdana HTC Flyer™.
Terlepas dari kekurangan di atas, tentunya masih banyak kelebihan yang ditawarkan oleh HTC Flyer™ ini. Simak saja bagaimana HTC Flyer™ selengkapnya pada press release serta daftar fitur dan spesifikasinya di bawah ini.
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 Flyer™. 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™.
HTC Flyer™ will be available to customers globally during Q2 2011.
HTC Flyer™ – Overview
Fly through the web wherever you go
Conveniently compact and light for travel, yet amazingly powerful, the HTC Flyer tablet with a 7″ display and a superfast 1.5 GHz processor is perfect for web browsing at home, in the car or on a busines trip. To make it even better, it features Adobe Flash support, multi-window browsing with pinch to zoom, and a clever quick look-up that lets you tap into Wikipedia, Youtube and other web resources.
3D fun at every turn
No more hunting around for stuff, anything you want will come to you on a cool 3D carousel. Photos, entertainment, weather, calendar, mail, friends smoothly roll around at your fingertips, front and center, while giving you a sneak peak of what’s to come.
Be in two places at once
Whether you’re stuck in traffic, working late, or halfway around the world, you can make live video calls to those closest to you on your HTC Flyer straight from your contact list. So you can say it in person as if you’re face to face, no matter if they’re on their PC at home, on their office computer or on the other side of the world using their HTC Flyer.
A pen that’s quite magic
HTC Flyer’s magic pen transforms anything. It can draw, paint, write, and even retouch pictures. It can be a highlighter for the reader (and by the way all your highlights will be collated when you’re done). The HTC Flyer can link audio to the notes you take for work, and it can add voiceover to a storybook you’re drawing up at home. Work or play, it’s magic for the whole family.
A games room wherever you go
The HTC Flyer has pushed the frontiers of hardcore play with the integration of the OnLive gaming service. So as of today, you can forget about having to invest in gaming consoles. All you need is the OnLive game controller and you can instantly play the best games in the world anywhere you have a fast Internet connection.
With HTC Watch, HTC Flyer transforms into a portable cinema featuring a wide selection of the latest Hollywood blockbusters for on-demand viewing. And with an expansive 7″ screen and superb SRS virtual surround sound, you can immerse yourself in the cinematic experience whether it’s on a short break or a long drive.
Amplify your audio experience
It’s not just the visuals that are impressive. HTC Flyer comes with dual speakers for a much richer listening and entertainment experience. Enjoy high fidelity sound with SRS WOW HD™ virtual surround sound.
Zoodles of fun with Kid Mode
Transform your HTC Flyer into a fun, safe and secure playground for your kids. Kid Mode opens up a world of brainy games, story books – that let you tell a bedtime story even when you’re not there and art mode that incorporates the magic pen and lets their artistic side run wild.
Capture life in HD
Have you ever had a camera with a 7-inch viewfinder? It’s an eye opening experience! Take great shots with the 5MP camera and capture life in HD with the 720p HD camcorder.
A library in your pocket
There’s no need to carry epic novels around with you anymore with a built-in library of classics at your fingertips. Flick through titles, and even highlight and explore a word or phrase through Wikipedia, Google, YouTube or the dictionary. Go ahead, kids and you can now download your favorite books straight to your HTC Flyer and take them anywhere.
More fun with photos
Take family photos to another level with our new Snapbooth. You can change lenses or add effects to make moments more memorable. And when you’re done taking the photo – use the pen to re-touch it, name it or turn your picture into a birthday card.
HTC Flyer at work
Stay on top of your schedule
View all of your calendar appointments on the big 7″ screen. Every appointment, birthday, event and holiday gets plenty of space, so you’ll never have to squint. It will even sync up with your email account, so everything that happens on your computer, happens on your HTC Flyer.
One access point for all your mail
If you’ve got a work email account and a private one, your HTC Flyer helps you by merging them all together into one inbox so you’re always organized. They’re color coded, so you know what’s what, and you can sort them by importance, groups or content. Super organized, just like you.
All the details, all at your fingertips
Life gets busy, so your HTC Flyer also becomes your personal organizer – always ready to jot anything down at a moment’s notice. Use Evernote to keep notes, add pictures, take a voice recording, whatever you need to help keep on schedule. Evernote syncs up instantly to a secure online server, so you can access your notes either from your HTC Flyer, your phone or your home or work computer.
Office on the go
The HTC Flyer is small enough to take anywhere and powerful enough to get the job done. View and edit Office documents wherever you find yourself. And if the need for a hard copy arises – send it via Wi-Fi to a nearby printer.
HTC Flyer™ – Specification
- Size: 122mm x 13.2mm x 195.4mm
- Weight: 420 grams (14.82 ounces) with battery
- Display: 7 inch touch-sensitive screen with 1024 X 600 resolution
- Screen size: 177.8 mm (7″)
- CPU speed: 1.5 GHz
- Memory: Internal storage: 32 GB, RAM: 1 GB, Expansion slot: microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible
- Connectors: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Standard micro-USB (12-pin micro-USB 2.0)
- Network: HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 900/AWS/2100 MHz, Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- Platform: Android™ with HTC Sense™
- Camera: 5 megapixel color camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera
- Sensors: Ambient light sensor, G-Sensor, Digital compass
- Audio supported formats:
- Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
- Recording: .amr, .aac
- Video supported formats:
- Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3), .xvid (MP4 ASP and MP3)
- Recording: .3gp
- Audio supported formats:
- Internet: Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth®: Bluetooth® 3.0 with A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
- GPS: Internal GPS antenna