HTC: Puccini 4G Tablet Launching in September or October

HTC’s chief financial officer has unofficially confirmed that the company’s debut 10-inch Android Honeycomb slate will be launching sometime in the September or October time frame. The HTC Puccini was originally believed to be a 4G LTE slate that will be a larger version of the HTC Flyer or HTC EVO View 4G 7-inch tablet for Sprint, but given the earlier than anticipated launch, the device could be an HSPA+ tablet for AT&T’s network. While AT&T had earlier confirmed that its dual-mode 4G HSPA+/LTE devices will launch ahead of the carrier’s 4G LTE network launch, the Puccini could very well be a dual-mode HSPA+ and LTE device, utilizing the faster LTE network when and where available and falling back to 4G HSPA+ speeds with a theoretical 14.4 Mbps max where LTE is not yet deployed by AT&T.

Unlike many other Honeycomb tablets on the market, the HTC Puccini will attempt to differentiate itself by supporting an active digitizer pen which would allow its users to more accurately write, draw, and doodle on the tablet’s display. The tablet, like other Android devices, will support a multi-touch capacitive touchscreen panel as well.

It is speculated that the device will have a 1.5 GHz processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera along with a front-facing camera.

The tablet was previously rumored to be announced by HTC at the beginning of September. Given the company’s CFO’s confirmation of a September or October launch, an announcement at the beginning of September could still be likely, with the Puccini being made for public purchase later in the month or in the following month.

Via: BGR

  

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  1. Clchu85 says

    I’m excited to see this come out. What a great portable sketchbook it would make! I know there were some complaints about the pen not working in certain areas; but I tried out an HTC View 4G; and I felt that it really worked to it’s advantage. Not only did it open up finger input to scrolling the page, while the pen wrote; but it allowed for easy text input, too. Instead of having to tick a button to switch between typing and writing, I just tapped on the page with my finger or the pen. Yes, I did have an instance where I did not put the pen down before my hand hit the screen. I hope HTC fixes this issue somehow. It’s a fine line to walk because I navigated while still holding the pen by shifting the pen slightly to the side and using my pointer finger on my writing right hand to navigate. 
    I guess I’m just used to it because I’m a traditional artist; and I do not navigate my notebooks or sketchbooks with my pens or brushes. To me, that’s the point of a touch-centric UI. I have to use my pen more with my Tablet PC because the OS isn’t touch friendly; but that’s a drawback, in my mind, that I really hope Windows 8 fixes.

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