HTC Flyer fans, you’re wait is nearly over. As we reported here, Best Buy is now making it official with preorder details and pricing. Beginning on Monday, April 25, 2011, you will be able to pre-order the WiFi version of the Android Tablet for $499 through the Best Buy website. One thing though, the Flyer will not come with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), but has Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) preloaded instead, with HTC Sense. Google hasn’t made Honeycomb available just yet to HTC. And it may not, since we reported last month that Google is requiring separate license for the Honeycomb OS and is blocking updates from all Android 2.x tablets.

It’s unclear if Google just isn’t ready to release the OS to HTC or if licensing issues will prevent it. But that would be a blow to what has been a very hyped up tablet which users are waiting to get their hands on. In the same article mentioned above, however, it says that only certain models of the HTC Flyer will be prevented from getting a Honeycomb update. So it may prove wise to wait on ordering until the situation clears itself up.

The HTC Flyer is a unique design which goes back to using a Stylus thanks to it’s Scribe technology. It’s power by a single core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, and a 7-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution. It can store plenty of data on it’s 16GB of internal storage, which can be boosted thanks to it’s microSD card slot. The Flyer will be in stores by May 9th.

[via Unwired View]

16 COMMENTS

  1. I have been waiting on this for a while now. I changed my mind about getting the ipad2 for this. Now im confused though since who knows if it gets the honeycomb update.

      • Just called Best Buy and was informed it is not available for pre order just yet. Has someone been able to do it? Need help guys.

      • I just pre-ordered this morning from my local Best Buy. The first guy I talked to didn’t even know they were taking pre-orders but I made him look it up on the computer.

        I physically went to the store. I did not do it online or ever over the phone.

      • Thanks for letting me know. Will try again but over the phone as I’m in the UK. Hopefully I’ll be able to.

      • I was able to preorder in store but in their mobile department. The guy I talked to found a folder of printed papers which I filled out one. The problem you might run into is that you have to buy a $50 gift card with it, not sure how that will work out.

      • I was able to preorder in store but in their mobile department. The guy I talked to found a folder of printed papers which I filled out one. The problem you might run into is that you have to buy a $50 gift card with it, not sure how that will work out.

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