By Anu Passary | Sep 07, 2012 09:14 AM EDT
The tablet wars seem to be intensifying as players like Google, Apple, and Amazon up the ante with a range of new 7-inch devices. Taiwan-based HTC is now looking to challenge rivals with its Android-powered Flyer 2 tablet offering.
According to a PhoneArena report, an anonymous tipster has let on that HTC is working on a new tablet, the Flyer 2, rumored to be a follow-up to the company's original Flyer tablet. However, the 7-inch Flyer was unable to make an impact in the tablet space, so the rumor has let many tech fans to wonder why HTC intends to roll out a sequel. The company would need to pack in innovative technology to compete against the current and anticipated high-end tablets.
"HTC will not be making a Windows 8/RT-based tablet, but that might turn out to be a good thing for competition as now more details surface about an upcoming HTC Flyer 2, the second generation of HTC's 7-inch Android tablet," states the PhoneArena report.
The Flyer 2 allegedly sports a 7-inch HD display with a 1280x768 pixels resolution. It is also expected to have an anodized aluminum body like the HTC One S smartphone. A Qualcomm S4 processor will power the device, which will feature a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1-megapixel front-facing one. It is expected to come pre-loaded with the Google's latest OS, Android 4.1 Jell Bean.
The Flyer 2's selling point will be its slim size. At 7.1mm thick, the tablet is said to be "as thin as a screw." Moreover, experts are of the opinion that since the HTC Flyer came with an optional stylus and a version of HTC Sense, the company will likely retain these for the Flyer 2.
The Flyer 2 is expected to be priced competitively. The launch date of the tablet is shrouded in mystery, but rumors indicate that HTC may take the wraps off the Flyer 2 tablet at its Sept.19 press event.
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