We left Spain wondering when it would arrive in the United States, and this week we're glad to see that CTIA 2011 provided an answer. Not only did Sprint rebrand the Flyer as the WiMax-equipped , but also Best Buy announced that it would start selling a Wi-Fi-only version of the tablet later this spring.
Best Buy's Flyer (the store will use HTC's name) will offer all the features we saw on the debut device. Goodies include Bluetooth, dual microphones for noise reduction (when using the audio recorder), a 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM, HTC's Sense UI, Adobe Flash 10.1 support, a 5-megapixel camera with auto focus, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, and a microSD card slot. And given that it's Wi-Fi only, you won't need to get a carrier's data plan to use it.
At the moment the Flyer will run the Gingerbread OS. That doesn't make us happy, but then again we've come to realize from using the
Pricing wasn't announced at the time of this writing, but given that it costs 499 euros across the Atlantic, we expect a U.S. sticker of about $674.
Update: CNET'sis now available.
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