HTC has been one of Google’s most popular hardware partners; it even launched the first Android smartphone – the T-Mobile G1. Naturally, everyone is a bit surprised that almost every manufacturer, including Samsung, Motorola, LG, Asus and Acer have revealed their Android tablet plans, but HTC still hasn’t. According to the latest tablet rumor by Digitimes, HTC is planning to launch 3 Android tablets in 2011. The first will be named the HTC Flyer and will be an enlarged version of the HTC Desire. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI and will be upgradable to Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It seems to be a 7 inch tablet, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
HTC seems to be rushing the Flyer launch, bringing it to market just before the Blackberry Playbook and the Motorola Xoom. It will also launch 2 other tablets after the HTC Flyer; they will likely sport better hardware and ship with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, competing with the Motorola Xoom and the LG G-Slate.
Though this is a rumor, it seems to be quite credible considering the past leaks by Digitimes. Launching an Android tablet is also the logical next step for HTC. It may unveil the tablets at Mobile World Congress in February.