HTC 10-inch Android tablet leaked as 1 million Flyers set to fly off shelves

Plans for a 10-inch Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet from HTC have been leaked in a list of upcoming tablets from US retailer Staples. Meanwhile, HTC has reportedly ordered 1 million Flyer units.

Stuart Dredge
2 min read

HTC unveiled its Flyer 7-inch Android tablet at Mobile World Congress in February, and has reportedly ordered more than one million of the devices to sell this year. It won't be the only tablet on the way from the company though: a leaked list of devices from US retailer Staples reveals plans for a 10-inch model too.

The list is from a training guide for staff spotted by Droid Life, and outlines upcoming devices including the Motorola Xoom and BlackBerry PlayBook. The inclusion of a 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablet from HTC, though, comes ahead of any confirmation from HTC that it's making such a device.

There are no further details in the list -- its launch schedule is simply listed as "Coming Soon". There was speculation last year that HTC was working on a tablet running Google's Chrome OS that might be this size, but Staples' list makes it clear that the new model is running Android.

We're guessing the 10-inch model may keep relatively close to the specs of the HTC Flyer, although perhaps with a dual-core processor rather than that model's 1.4GHz single-core processor. The Flyer is currently slated to run the Android 2.4 Gingerbread software, although it's quite possible it will be updated to Honeycomb alongside the release of the new 10-inch version.

We'd expect the latter to also support OnLive cloud gaming, following HTC's deal to invest in the company last month.

Talking of the Flyer, how about those million units? The Taiwan Economic News has the story, claiming that HTC is counting on selling a million devices in its first run when it goes on sale next month, and 1.5 million units by the end of this year.

The article also mentions two more HTC tablets on the way in the first half of 2011, one of which will be the 10-inch model leaked by Staples.