HTC has hinted in an interview with Financial Times that they are working on a new tablet and a wearable gadget. While the Taiwanese maker is having some issues financially, they have been making a strong presence this year with their aluminium clad HTC One.
HTC’s venture into tablets was a short lived with the 7″ HTC Flyer launched in Malaysia at a hefty RM2,499 and a 10 incher Jetstream which was only available in the US. Before Android 3.0 Honeycomb was introduced, Android tablets we’re merely large screen smart phones without true tablet functionality however it is commendable that HTC has managed to bring some form of differentiation with its HTC Scribe Pen and custom UI. Today, the Android tablet category is dominated by the likes of Samsung and ASUS.
For its next tablet, HTC is promising something nice and disruptive but without revealing much of its upcoming platform or features. With HTC being an OEM partner of Microsoft, it may be possible that a Surface like tablet is in the works.
On the smart watch, Peter Chou has mentioned that they had worked with Microsoft before but it never made it as a final product. In recognising the importance of wearable gadgets, he also added that they won’t come out with a version one product, with a slight hint at the Galaxy Gear Watch.
With the success of the HTC One and its first attempt with the HTC Tablet, we have confidence with the Taiwanese maker in coming out with something impressive. For now it is all talk and hopefully they would deliver a compelling product.
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Honeycomb is now available for HTC Flyers in Malaysia. As always the update servers are staggering the release to the manage the load so if you’re not getting a notification to update your Flyer don’t be concerned. Give it a couple of weeks and the update should be coming your way. Remember to also check the “Software Updates” status in the settings menu. If you’re lucky, you might be able to grab the update manually.
To access the “Software Updates” section. Go to, “Settings” > “About Tablet” > “Software Updates”.
The update file is 210MB, so using a WiFi connection would the smart thing to do if you’re updating your Flyer.
Truth be told, we haven’t gotten the update notification for our Flyer yet. If you have already updated yours let us know if you noticed any cool or interesting features worth mentioning. Thanks!
Also, thanks to @azharbinismail for the headsup and also the screen grab you see above.
HTC has begun rolling out Honeycomb updates for the HTC Flyer in Europe. The announcement made by HTC on its global Facebook page didn’t say when Honeycomb will reach HTC Flyers worldwide but looking at past updates, you can expect to see Honeycomb on your HTC Flyer in a few weeks.
The update should come to Malaysia fairly quickly considering that there is very minimal operator customization made to the stock OS on the Flyer. So keep a lookout, we’ll do as well but if you do find the update available for Malaysia let us know. Thanks!
UPDATE: According to Maxis here and here, this promo will be resumed on 25th November 2011 and is applicable to all customers. The bundled plan is a 6GB package of Mobile Data that does not come with voice calls.
UPDATE 2: Maxis has published this offering on their website. According to their FAQ, the 6GB data plan can be subscribed as a standalone broadband only SIM or bolt-on on your existing postpaid voice plan. You can purchase a maximum of 2 units per IC number.
UPDATE 3: The FREE HTC Flyer and RM299 Motorola Xoom offer is extended until 31st December 2011. With anticipated demand for this special deal, we reckon it is valid while stocks last.
Maxis is throwing some time limited deals for the HTC Flyer and Motorola Xoom 3G tablets. With 24 months contract of Maxis 6GB Data Plan at RM98/month, the HTC Flyer can be yours for FREE while the Motorola Xoom 3G is offered at RM299.
DiGi too is offering broadband + tablet bundling plans with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It also comes with a 6GB data plan contract of RM98/month but with a duration of 12 months. However the subsidy amount isn’t as much with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 offered at RM1584.
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We’ve just received an alert from HTC Malaysia, they’ve reduced the price of the HTC Flyer from RM2,499 to RM2,099 with immediate effect. In addition to the new pricing, HTC will throw in a limited edition skin for free while stocks last. Head on over to after the jump to check out the skin designs.
We’ll come out and say it — the HTC Flyer is an under appreciated tablet. We like its features and we like the performance of the 7-inch tablet despite having only a single-core processor and not running Honeycomb. For HTC’s first attempt at a tablet, the HTC Flyer is a very polished device and there’s very little to fault. When we first had our hands on it, we lamented at how such a great package is hampered by a ridiculously high price. With a RM400 reduction in the RRP, it’s now that little bit easier to justify purchasing the talented HTC Flyer.
We’re wondering if the price revision will affect subsidized pricing for the device. Let’s hope so.
It certainly looks like it. This picture is apparently a revised design of the top back cover of the HTC Flyer. As you can see there is a second camera port added to the cover where there was previous just one camera on the original Flyer.
Two cameras can only mean one thing, 3D photos and videos. Despite not running Honeycomb, we like the HTC Flyer very much and the only thing that’s stopping it from flying off the shelves is the price. At RM2,499 outright, the 7-inch tablet looks overpriced compared to the 10-inch Asus Eee Pad Transformer and Apple iPad. If only the device was priced lower, HTC would have a winner in its hands.
So now this mystery back plate begs the question, will 3D capabilities increase the appeal of the Flyer so much so that buyers will look beyond the outrageous pricing? We think not. Besides, 3D — for the most part — is just a gimmick.
HTC is doing a promo at PC Fair which is happening at Melaka International Trade Centre starting tomorrow, 3 – 5 June 2011. Among the devices on promotion are the latest models such as HTC Sensation, HTC Flyer and the recently announced HTC Wildfire S.
Although the prices for the latest models remained as per RRP, HTC is throwing a couple of extras. For the Flyer, they are giving out free screen protector, 16GB microSD memory card and a 4800mAh Battery bank. The HTC Incredible comes with a 4800mAh Battery bank while the Wildfire S is bundled with car kit. Other models are bundled with free gifts too so view the full size image above for the details.
Surprisingly the original HTC Wildfire is only RM100 cheaper than the latest model but they have thrown a 16GB microSD, screen protector and casing to make it more appealing.
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After much anticipation, Maxis has released its service plans for the HTC Flyer. Earlier Maxis announced that the Flyer can be had with contract for just RM199. While many were hoping for a really good deal with a minimum upfront payment, this proved to not be the case.
It turns out that the RM199 value promoted by Maxis is taking into account the savings from rebates you get across the 24 months contract duration when you subscribe to the full Maxis Ultimate Solid plan at RM248/month (RM152 after rebate). The device however must be purchased at full price at a very steep RM2,499
And actually the plans Maxis just released with the HTC Flyer are not exclusive to the device. There are actually new plans called the Maxis Ultimate plans. There are three new plans in all with additional services that offers “unlimited” access to specific sites like YouTube and Facebook.
Head on over the jump as we break it all down for you.
By now most people must be wondering what sort of plan Maxis is offering. Having the RRP of RM2499 outright, it is mind boggling to see Maxis subsidising RM2300 for a device. If you’re thinking that Maxis is charging a premium per month, you may be close to the truth.
According to some tipsters in the comments and via twitter, the HTC Flyer will be offered with a 24 months contract on a RM250/month plan. However that’s not all as you would need to pay a rather hefty upfront payment of RM2499, which is equivalent to the full device price but in exchange, you’ll get RM96 rebated back to your monthly subscription,. This makes your monthly commitment RM154 instead of RM250. If you do the math, RM96 over 24 months gives you RM2300 which is the subsidy amount for the Flyer.
So what will be included with the RM154/month commitment after rebate? We believe it should be a combination of Voice + SMS + Data plan. According to the tips, 16GB is included. As comparison with its typical Android bundles, the typical offer is to bundle a Maxis Value Plus postpaid RM50 with a RM88/month 3GB data plan which makes it RM138/month. As for data only plan, Maxis offers 16GB 3G Broadband for RM158.
However since the HTC Flyer doesn’t allow you to make phone calls, we’re not sure if they are providing voice at all. So it is interesting to see what the plan has to offer with RM250 worth of value. Who knows they might be bundling another smart phone like the Motorola Xoom?
We would like to stress again that the details mention are still unconfirmed but all shall be revealed tomorrow. Keep it locked on to SoyaCincau.com for the latest updates.
If you’ve got a question on the HTC Flyer, head to this page and drop us a comment.
Special thanks to Sam & @azharbinismail for the tips!
Alright people, we got our hands on the HTC Flyer. The one of a kind Android tablet that utilises a stylus as an input mechanism.
While we test the Flyer more comprehensively and post up a full review later, we’re more than happy to answer any questions that you might have about the device in the run up to the its sale debut happening this Friday.
As with our first impressions findings, the Flyer has a lot of potential. Feature-packed is a good word to describe the 7-incher. So far, we find not much wrong with the device and a lot to like.
Taking a learning from the previous “all your questions answered” posting, we’ll regularly update the post with frequently asked reader questions and highlight some the pertinent but not frequently asked questions as well so that its easier for to read and find the information you’re looking for.
Looking forward to your questions. Don’t hold out on us now.
List of questions updated regularly after the jump.