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HTC sees good early Flyer sales, tablets replacing textbooks

updated 12:35 pm EDT, Wed May 18, 2011

HTC exec talks tablet line and NFC in a year

HTC's European leader Florian Seiche in a presentation at a Reuters summit on Wednesday was optimistic about the future of tablets both for his own company and the future. The company felt "very good" about early sales of the Flyer and that the current market was "just the start" of something bigger. He imagined that schools could replace their paper textbooks with tablets within five years and could create a deeper social impact as a whole.

"I think we can't even guess the potential," Seiche said.

The executive also promised a whole range of tablets to take advantage of it. He made no mention of the other models, though HTC is known to be working on the Puccini, a 10-inch Android 3.0 tablet with LTE 4G for AT&T's network. Apple has had near complete control of the tablet market and has increasingly seen the iPad used in education and schools.

A clue did emerge of the phone maker's plans for NFC wireless. Despite being one of the largest Android device designers, HTC was only expected to have the near-field technology sometime inside of the next 12 months. Android was one of the first smartphone platforms to get NFC but, outside of the Nexus S and some versions of the Galaxy S II, hasn't seen any significant adoption.

Seiche chose to comment on Nokia's switch to Windows Phone. He saw the move as a positive for HTC since it increased the market share of Windows Phone and gave it legitimacy. Nokia's involvement could help Windows regain "critical mass" after years of losing share to Android, BlackBerry, and the iPhone. [image via Jon Choo]

by MacNN Staff



  1. johncarync

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Future of the Future

    "HTC's European leader Florian Seiche in a presentation at a Reuters summit on Wednesday was optimistic about the future of tablets both for his own company and the future."

    I'm not optimistic about the future of tablets for HTC but I am optimistic about the future of tablets for the future. :-P

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What's keeps this particular tablet...

    ...from being just "another" android tablet is the incorporation of a pressure sensitive grid on the digitizer's surface, thus you can use it to draw with a "real" stylus instead of fingers or blunt pointers - the only pointing solutions so far for most capacitive digitizers.

    The HTC Flyer's main goal are not artists, yet the stylus feels quite capable and is not as expensive as Tablet PCs with inductive digitizers (albeit the latter are a professional grade solution).

    Maybe the iPad 3? will cater to it's artists/designers users and include an option for a pro stylus/digitizer combo. Coupled with the rumored 10 inch retina display and the +10h use would make paper quite forgettable...

  1. Valerie3456

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A bad idea

    This is like a digital slate nothing more nothing less which uses education as an excuse to sell more tablets at a high price tag. Here is another article if you want to find out anything more about this topic:

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