HTC announces tablet and smartphones

HTC has been a busy bee at MWC.

Not only has it launched a range of smartphones, but it’s also announced its first tablet.

Going by the name of the HTC Flyer, the new tablet allows people to navigate through a touchscreen or a pen. It also has a new HTC technology, which goes by the name of HTC Watch, which in theory allows people to watch and download video.

But HTC is also being ambitious with its tablet – presumably to get up there with Apple’s iPad, it’s said it will also partner with OnLive, to launch a cloud-based mobile gaming service. This, it claims, will allow people to play video games on their tablet or televisions and computers through streaming them through the tablet.

Games available are Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, NBA 2K11 and Lego Harry Potter.

Fancy features aside, the HTC Flyer is said to “weigh as little as a paperback book, and compact enough to fit in a jacket pocket.”

It has a seven-inch screen, a 1.5Ghz processor and high-speed HSPA+ wireless. There’s also web browsing with Flash 10 – well that’s one up on Apple – and HTML 5

However, the tablet, which will be available during Q2 of 2011, has been described as a “cautious move” by analysts.

Tony Cripps, Ovum principal analyst said: “HTC’s first tablet – the Android-powered HTC Flyer – is a cautious first move by the company into the space and not one that it expects to compete on a volume basis with its smartphones. Nonetheless, the Flyer is noteworthy in bringing some innovation – and even some retro features – to the space.

“On the innovation side, the Flyer features HTC Watch, a video download and instant playback service that will live or die depending on the size and breadth of the content catalogue HTC is able to build for it. It may also benefit from the partnership HTC announced last week with OnLive for online gaming. Either way, HTC deserves credit for pushing its own boundaries and acting on the need to bring more than just hardware to market if it is to remain competitive.

“Retro-wise, the Flyer’s “HTC Scribe” pen-based input option – a first on “lite OS” tablet devices, if not Windows models – may seem anachronistic given the current obsession with multi-touch (it supports that too!) but may well end up being widely copied if its utility can be adequately demonstrated.”
HTC has also used the event in Barcelona to today unveil three new versions of its  smartphones, the HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire S and HTC Incredible S.  

The HTC Desire S, which is a newer version of the HTC Desire has Qualcomm’s new 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, dual front and back cameras and high-definition video, while the HTC Wildfire S is said to have social networking features that allow people to communicate through voice and texting. It also lets social networking fans instantly tag mates in photos before posting them on Facebook.

The HTC Wildfire S is also  claimed to be “one of HTC’s smallest phones ever – measuring just 10.13cm long and 5.94cm wide.”

It has a 3.5 inch screen, 5-megapixel colour camera and auto focus.

Last but not least the HTC Incredible S lets people watch high-def video and a 4 inch LCD.
There’s an 8-megapixel camera with dual flash, and videos and music can be directly shared from the phone to the TV thanks to HTC’s  videos, DLNA technology.

And lastly come HTC’s new social networking phones – the HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa, which both have a Facebook button that allows social network fans direct access to the site.

And just in case you want to update in dark or can’t wait to get out of bed to check your feed, the button is constantly lit. It also flashes when there is updates to feeds and profile. It’s a bunny boilers dream come true.

The magic button also allows users to update statuses, upload photos, share a Website, post the song they are listening to and ‘check in’ to a location.

Both run on Android Gingerbread 2.3.3, and has a feature which allows those making a call to their friends automatically view their status and photos on the dialling screen.

The HTC ChaCha has a QWERTY keyboard, a 5-megapixel colour camera with auto focus and LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera.