HTC today stepped into line with other OEMs at Mobile World Congress, releasing a refresh of its smartphone line and a new tablet to boot. HTC unveiled three new smartphones (Desire S, Wildfire S and Incredible S), as well as the HTC Flyer, a 7-inch Android tablet.
The Flyer comes running Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) with HTC’s Sense UI. Encased in an aluminum unibody, the flyer boasts a 1.5Ghz processor and is capable of running on an HSPA+ network. Other specs include a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and expandable memory.
The Flyer features what HTC is calling “Scribe Technology,” which allows users to take notes on the device with a stylus. An option called “Timemark” enables users to capture the audio of a meeting in line with written notes, so tapping on a word in the notes instantly takes you to that exact place in time in the audio recording of the meeting. The Flyer tablet also features integrated synchronization with Evernote.
HTC has integrated OnLive Inc.’s cloud-based gaming service on the Flyer. The OnLive service will enable customers to pipe the OnLive service through the Flyer’s broadband wireless to their television sets, or let them play directly on the tablet.
As for the new smartphones, they’re not too far from their predecessors. The HTC Desire S comes running a 1GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm and features dual front and back cameras, high-Definition video recording and a 3.7-inch WVGA display.
The HTC Wildfire S is a mid-range smartphone aimed at social media users. The Wildfire S is one of HTC’s smallest phones ever, measuring 10.13cm long and 5.94cm wide, and boasts a 3.2 inch HVGA display and 5 megapixel camera.
The HTC Incredible S is at the high-end of the spectrum. The Incredible S features a 4-inch WVGA Super LCD display, stereo surround sound, 8-megapixel camera with dual flash, DLNA technology and front- and rear-facing cameras.
According to a press release, the HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire S and HTC Incredible S smartphones, will be broadly available to customers across major European and Asian markets during Q2 2011. The HTC Flyer will be available to customers globally during Q2 2011.