Mobile World Congress 2011: HTC has Flyer tablet, Facebook's Salsa and ChaCha phones
Welcome to the tablet wars, HTC.
HTC's Flyer, a seven-inch tablet with front- and rear-facing cameras, a 1.5 GHz processor and 1GB of RAM with 32GB of flash storage. It will run Android 2.3, with the option to upgrade to 3.0.
And, in a surprising turn, it also has a stylus, or as HTC calls it, a "magic pen." Although users tend to shy away from styluses, this particular pen will do everything a pen does (draw, write, etc.), plus collate highlights you make in text and link audio notes.
HTC is also marketing the device heavily as a gaming device, and it will let users have access to the games in the cloud-gaming service OnLive. According to ZDNet, the Flyer will be available first on 3G and WiFi, with a cheaper WiFi-only option to follow, though HTC hasn't released pricing details yet. It's expected to launch in the second quarter of 2011.
There's also another announcement from HTC. After roundly denying the existence of a Facebook phone, Facebook, HTC and Mark Zuckerberg unveiled two phones, the Salsa and the ChaCha, that integrate the social network right into the phone. A button with the Facebook logo features prominently on both phones and lets users share music, photos, location and status updates with a single push.
Yes, it's technically not a "Facebook phone," since it wasn't made by the social network itself, but with those sharing capabilities and prominent Facebook branding, the moniker sticks pretty well.
The button itself seems somewhat oddly placed, leading to delightful possibility that people may "pocket Facebook" and accidentally share interior shots of their purses and pockets.
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| February 15, 2011; 8:50 AM ET
Categories: Gadgets, Mobile, Social media, Tablets
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