Posted by Mike Evans in Coming Soon on January 25, 2011

HTC apparently has three tablets on their way throughout 2011. We know this becuase their specs have leaked, which means we get a sneaky peek at what the tech-heads at the super-smart smartphone company have been up to.

The first tablet to be released will be the HTC Flyer, which is very much HTC dipping its toe into the tablet water. The Flyer is basically an HTC Desire HD with a very large screen, and so in many ways, is HTC’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy Tab (which itself is just a Samsung Galaxy S with a very large screen!)

Will it be any good? Let’s check out some of its features and speculate!
HTC Flyer tablet

HTC Flyer Specification

Featuring a 7″ screen with 1024×600 resolution and the same single-core Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor that powers the Desire HD, the HTC Flyer won’t exactly fly, and it’ll only feature Android Gingerbread at launch (unless Honeycomb is released very quickly!), but it will be upgraded to Honeycomb when that’s available.

It’ll feature HSPA for super-fast downloads of 14.4Mbps and HDMI and DLNA for connecting to your HDTV and media streaming to DLNA-equipped devices.

As far as camera are concerned, there’s a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video calls.

More intriguingly, there’ll be an updated version of HTC Sense, the glorious user interface that graces all of HTC’s smartphones. The new UI could be called HTC Sensation (a name they trademarked only yesterday), and is apparently meant to provide the tablet with a more “desktop-like” feel.

The other HTC tablets

So the HTC Flyer will certainly comepte with the Galaxy S and the iPad, but they’re by no means the only tablets that will be on the market by the time it’s released. In particular, the Motorola Xoom will feature a dual-core Tegra2 chip which is twice as fast as the Snapdragon powering the Flyer. How will HTC compete with that?

The answer, of course, is aggressively! They have two other tablets they’re working on, and one of them will feature a 10″ display and LTE (4G network technology capable of blazing download speeds). This more fully-featured model should also get the dual-core treatment, and is expected to go on sale in the second half of the year.

There’s no news about the third HTC tablet, but we should certainly know more at MWC2011 in a few weeks’ time, so stay tuned for mroe details!