Credit where it's due: HTC said it wouldn't release a tablet until it had something special to show off, and it wasn't half being serious.
The HTC Flyer is that tablet. It made its debut at Mobile World Congress 2011 this morning, and while it had to share the spotlight with all of HTC's new smartphones, it overshadowed them all in more than just screen size.
HTC has bucked the current trend for larger-screened slates by opting for the 7in display size, and that move should get the most out of the 1,024 x 600 resolution. There's nothing small about the processor, though – HTC has crammed a mental 1.5GHz of chip juice into the Flyer, which partnered with a whole 1GB of RAM is set to make this one of the nippiest tablets in town.
Aside from that, HTC has also taken the road less travelled in returning to the world of the stylus. But fear not, that doesn't mean it's not a capacitive touch panel, for this is a pressure-sensitive capacitive stylus that promises a unique take on the touchscreen interface. We'll be sure to give it a good whirl down at the HTC stand shortly.
Camera-wise, you get a 5-megapixel snapper round the back and a 1.3MP affair on the front for some video chattage, and 32GB of on-board storage should be enough for a fair bit of on-board media.
As for that quirky Android 2.4 Gingerbread release, HTC tells us we won't in practice notice any difference between that and 2.3 given that HTC Sense will be plastered over the top anyway, and the real difference lies in adapting the smartphone-friendly 2.3 for a larger screen-size. Still, would have been nice to see some Honeycomb action, considering how we've been spoiled by other tablets we've seen elsewhere.
We'll be getting our hands on the HTC Flyer for some video love just as soon as we can.