Number of HTC's Flyer Tablets Ordered Exceeds 1 M. Units

Mar 11, 2011 Ι Industry In-Focus Ι Electronics and Computers Ι By Steve Chuang, CENS
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Taipei, March 11, 2011 (CENS)--Over one million units of High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC)'s newest tablet Flyer have reportedly been ordered since its debut at Mobile World Congress, running from February 14 to 17 in Barcelona, Spain, reflecting the firm's growth potential in the emerging segment, according to industry sources.

Flyer is built with a 7-inch touchscreen and a 1.5-Ghz processor, supports HSPA/WCDMA communication, runs Google's operating system Android, and has 1GB memory, 32GB flash storage on-board, a front-mounted 1.3-megapixel and a rear-mounted 5-megapixel camera. Furthermore, the tablet features pre-installed video download software HTC Watch, and is able to support On-Live games based on cloud computing technology.

Priced at around US$600 per unit and slated for launch in April, Flyer is cheaper than Samsung's competing model Galaxy Tab selling for between US$650 and US$900, but can hardly compete well with Apple Inc.'s blockbuster iPad 2G, which features a dual-core processor and a 10-inch touch screen and is 8.8mm thick, with a price tag of only US$499, insiders indicated.

Featuring good compatibility with value-added software, Flyer is still likely to be a hot-seller among HTC's product lineups in the future, as production lines for the device have allegedly been booked through the end of August, with more than one million units to be produced and delivered worldwide. Sales of the tablet are expected to total 1.5 million units at the end of this year to contribute around NT$30 billion to HTC's sales revenue.

In addition to Flyer, the firm will also launch two more new tablets in the first half of this year, both of which will run the newest version of Android.
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