HTC is flying high with it's new tablet. No, that's not a sad play on words, it's actually great news for Android handset company which has been reported to have secured over 1 million orders for it's HTC Flyer tablet computer. That's quite a feat considering that there's been no official announcement of pricing or even launch date on this smaller tablet (although we leaked pricing in Europe here and here) designed to go head to head with the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Analysts believe that the price for the Flyer will fall somewhere in between the Tab and the iPad 2, so a million orders is quite a feat.
The Flyer has been bucking conventional wisdom almost from the get go. As we noted in our hands-on, this smaller tablet is going old school with an active stylus input system. This can wreak havoc with the "palm test" as the 7" capacitive touchscreen can get confused with multiple points of reference. So HTC has introduced a firmware update to compensate.
And with the trends of tablets moving towards dual core, the Flyer stays firmly in the kiddie pool with a 1.4GHz single-core Qualcomm CPU. It also has dual cameras for video chat and runs Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) which is promised to be updated to Honeycomb after product launch along with it's heavily modified Sense overlay. But it also has some 3D features which makes for a pretty unique menu interface.