HTC has been secretly working on a 10-inch tablet codenamed Puccini that would run on Android 3.x Honeycomb operating system, reported Engadget which cited a filling on Federal Communications Commission’s website.
HTC Puccini tablet will be Flyer’s successor albeit with larger screen and Android Honeycomb running on it. HTC had introduced the 7-inch display bearing Flyer tablet with its new stylus-like Scribe technology in mid-February this year. Meanwhile, the competition already brought in some 10.1-inch Android tablets which apparently were selling bit more.
Now, HTC is betting on a larger screen bearing Puccini tablet with 10.1-inch display supporting about 1280×800 pixel resolutions. This tablet is expected to be capable of playing 720p HD video at least. There are no details about the processor used but rumours hinted it would be the dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 System on Chip processor coupled with 2GB internal memory.
Unlike the competitors, HTC is not working on a 3D supporting laptop like the Optimus 3D tablet from LG. Instead HTC would be looking forward to provide the HTC Sense User Interface experience on the 10.1-inch display screen of the Puccini tablet.
So far, there’s no word on whether Puccini will come preloaded with Android 3.1 or higher. The tablet certainly will carry a SIM card slot but it is too early to comment whether the same model would be made available world-wide.
HTC Flyer did draw attention but has not received large rave of applause as of now. The tablet is still being made available in loads of other countries including India. Consumers always tend to go back and compare the 7-inch version with the Apple iPad 2.
Following the genesis of netbooks, even tablet segment will have the 7-inch, 8.9-inch and 10.1-inch display bearing models at variety of price points. A real deal would be to pack majority of features in one tablet and make it available at an equally reasonable price. Here in reasonable means not jaw dropping prices which go beyond the price of an entry level laptops with good configuration.
In the end, more options and competitive prices should ideally benefit the consumers to pick the best one to suit needs and requirements.