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HTC初のAndroidタブレット Flyer 発表、感圧スタイラスとタッチ両対応

Ittousai, @Ittousai_ej
2011年2月15日, 午後05:29 in Android
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HTCが同社初のAndroidタブレット Flyer を発表しました。Galaxy Tab 級の7インチ画面を備え、静電容量式タッチと同時に感圧スタイラスでの手書き入力にも対応するのが特徴です。主な仕様は7型 1024 x 600 液晶ディスプレイ、1.5GHz プロセッサ(シングルコア)、1GB RAM、内蔵32GBフラッシュメモリ、microSDスロット、背面5MPカメラ・前面1.3MPカメラ、802.11 b/g/n WiFi、Bluetooth 3.0、HSPA (下り14.4Mbps、上り5.76Mbps)、GPSに電子コンパスなど。筐体はアルミユニボディで195.4 x 122 x 13.2mm、重さはバッテリー込み 415g。

ソフトウェアでは、タブレット向けに最適化されたHTC独自UIのHTC Sense for Tablet を採用。Android OSは他社の10インチ級タブレットで採用が始まった Android 3.0ではなく、携帯向けとして最新のAndroid 2.4 Gingerbread を採用します。HTCいわく、2.4は現行最新の2.3とおなじ " Gingerbread " 世代で、ユーザーからは見分けがつかない部分がアップデートされたバージョン。Googleによるタブレット向け強化が含まれた3.0 Honeycombでない理由はHTC Sense のような独自UIを対応させるには時間がなかったこと、また Sense for Tablet で十分にタブレットとして最適化されていること。HTCとしては、リファレンスそのままの横並び端末よりは他社端末にない機能と個性を売りにしたいようです。

最大の特徴であるスタイラス対応は、一時はタブレットの製品名かともうわさされた " HTC Scribe " Technologyと名付けられています。手書きで文字入力や絵が描けるほか、ボイスレコーダを起動しつつ手書きメモをとり、メモの一部をタップするとその前後の音声が再生される Timemark 機能、カレンダーイベントやアラームと同期した手書きメモ(定例会議などくり返し予定の場合は前回のメモが開く)、さらにEvernoteとの自動同期といった独自の機能を備えます。

また最近の大型投資の成果として、クラウドゲームサービス OnLive アプリを載せているのも特徴。OnLiveはいわゆるサーバベースのストリーミングゲームサービスで、ゲームをサーバ側で実行しリアルタイムに転送することで、Androidやネットブックなど非力な端末でも強力なCPU / GPUを要求する最新PCゲームが遊べる仕組みです。またHTC独自の映画ダウンロード / ストリーミングサービス HTC Watch も採用されています。

HTC Flyer は今年のQ2にも各地域で発売予定。価格帯はいまのところ情報なし。MWCで詳細が分かりしだいさらに続報をお届けします。

HTC UNVEILS HTC FLYER™, THE FIRST TABLET WITH HTC SENSE™

Aluminum unibody design with touch and pen interaction make HTC Flyer unique

First tablet with HTC Watch™ video service, HTC Scribe™ Technology and OnLive® cloud gaming

BARCELONA, SPAIN – Mobile World Congress – February 15, 2011 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced its first tablet, the HTC FlyerTM. HTC Flyer blends HTC's trademark design language with an all-new HTC Sense user experience that has been reimagined for the tablets. Using an intuitive and innovative approach to tablets, HTC Flyer combines natural touch and pen interaction. HTC also announced HTC Watch, a new connected video service that will debut on HTC Flyer tablet, and will collaborate with OnLive, Inc. to launch the first cloud-based mobile gaming service on a tablet.

"Clearly, smartphones have transformed our lives but as we observed how people use smartphones, computers and other technologies, we saw an opportunity to create a tablet experience that is different, more personal and productive," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. "We are progressing down a path as an industry when people will no longer be in a single device paradigm, but have multiple wireless devices for different needs; this is the direction we are moving."

Encased in a sleek aluminum unibody, the HTC Flyer tablet exudes the iconic style and build quality HTC is known for. It is also ultra-light, weighing as little as a paperback book, and compact enough to fit in a jacket pocket only. With a seven-inch display, lightning fast 1.5Ghz processor and high-speed HSPA+ wireless capabilities, the HTC Flyer tablet is perfect for those who have been waiting for a tablet that is both compact and powerful.

HTC Sense for Tablet
HTC Sense revolutionized smartphones by placing the person at the center of the experience. HTC Flyer's tablet-focused HTC Sense experience focuses on surprising and delighting people with its gorgeous 3D home screen. A unique carousel of widgets puts a user's most important content and information at the visual center of the experience. The HTC Flyer tablet also offers uncompromised Web browsing with Flash 10 and HTML 5.

HTC Scribe Technology
Touch interaction lights up the HTC Flyer tablet experience, but it also offers a groundbreaking pen experience. With the new HTC Scribe Technology on the HTC Flyer tablet, people can rediscover the natural act of writing. HTC Scribe Technology introduces a wave of integrated digital ink innovations that make it easy and natural to take notes, sign contracts, draw pictures, or even write on a web page or photo.

HTC Scribe Technology on the HTC Flyer tablet transforms traditional note-taking into smart note-taking by integrating natural onscreen writing with thoughtful and integrated innovations. A feature called Timemark enables you to capture the audio of a meeting in line with your written notes, so tapping on a word in your notes instantly takes you to that exact place in time in the audio recording of the meeting. Notes are also integrated with the calendar so when there is an appointment reminder you are automatically prompted with an opportunity to begin a new note or in the case of recurring meetings, to continue where the last meeting left off. In an industry first, the HTC Flyer tablet also features built-in synchronization with Evernote™, the world-leading notes application and service.

Streaming Mobile Movies with HTC Watch
The HTC Flyer tablet premieres HTC Watch, HTC's new video download service. The HTC Watch service enables low-cost on-demand progressive downloading of hundreds of High-Definition movies from major studios. The intuitive, natural design of the HTC Watch service makes it easy to find the latest movie and video content, while advanced technology on the back-end enables instant playback over the HTC Flyer tablet's high-speed wireless connection.

Mobile Cloud Gaming with OnLive
HTC takes mobile gaming to an entirely new level by being the first mobile device in the world to integrate OnLive Inc.'s revolutionary cloud-based gaming service. OnLive is leading in the home gaming market by letting people play top video games on their televisions and computers without the need to buy expensive gaming hardware or software. When integrated fully, the OnLive service will enable customers to pipe the OnLive service through the HTC Flyer tablet's broadband wireless to their television sets, or let them play directly on the tablet. When integrated on the HTC Flyer tablet, people can play a variety of games, including hits like Assassin's Creed Brotherhood™, NBA 2K11 and Lego Harry Potter™.

Availability
HTC Flyer will be available to customers globally during Q2 2011.

About HTC
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.htc.com/"www.htc.com.

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