MWC 2011: HTC launches Flyer tablet and five smartphones

HTC has unveiled a number of new devices including its first ever tablet at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC).

Peter Chou, the company's chief executive, took to the stage to unveil the tablet and five new smartphones, claiming HTC was "providing different choices [with] the broadest range of phones we have ever announced at one time."

HTC Flyer

The biggest announcement came in the form of the HTC Flyer, the company's premier tablet device.

HTC Flyer

The seven inch device runs on a re-worked version of Google's Android 2.3 mobile operating system in order to incorporate HTC's Sense user interface, which has been tweaked for tablet use.

It contains a 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, 32GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. There is a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video calling, along with a back-mounted five megapixel camera with autofocus.

It comes in at a very light 415g and is just 13.2mm thick.

However, it lacks any full sized USB ports or HDMI connection, which might disappoint some business users.

Built-in software functions might be prove more impressive.

TimeMark is a note taking technology that allows users to record meetings whilst taking notes. Users can then return to specific points in the recording by clicking on the written notes using HTC Scribe. The pen-shaped device also enables users to make annotations of their documents and create time stamps for easy reference at a later date.

Anything created using TimeMark can then be synched with the popular cloud application EverNote to allow so documents can be shared easily between colleagues.

Check out our first look video of the HTC Flyer here.

HTC also updated a number of its flagship devices to incorporate enhanced functionality and a few new features.

Desire S

The Desire S comes with a 3.7in touch screen and is moulded from a single piece of aluminium.

HTC Desire S

The device is loaded with Qualcomm's latest 1GHz SnapDragon processor and will run on Google's gingerbread operating system, along with an updated HTC Sense UI.

There's also a front facing camera to accompany the back-mounted five megapixel one, enabling video calling from the handset.

HTC has also upped the internal storage, a big drawback of the original Desire handset, to 1.1GB.

Incredible S

The Incredible S has a more artistic design, which its makers claim means it "looked like it had been dipped in paint."

HTC Incredible S

A four inch super LCD screen and surround sound enables users to watch HD quality video on the move. It also comes with an eight megapixel camera so you can shoot your own HD videos and pictures too.

Again, it features a 1GHz processor, 1.1GB of internal storage and runs on Android Gingerbread, but offers a different feel to the Desire design.

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