HTC's new tablet EVO View 4G, which is being marketed as Sprint's flagship Android smartphone, is a new Flyer tablet with few changes to its original HTC Flyer tablet.
Few of the major changes in the new HTC EVO View 4G from its HTC Flyer come in the form of design change, use of 4G technology, new apps and pen input. HTC EVO View 4G is the first WiMax tablet from Sprint to be sold in the US promising to touch 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps speeds. The tablet will be released on June 24.
Here is a look at how the HTC tablet heading to Sprint fares compared to Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad 2.
The HTC EVO View 4G has a dimension of 196 x 112 x 13 mm and weighs 425 g compared to Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which has a dimension of 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.6 mm and weighs 565 g. Apple iPad 2 has 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm and weighs 607 g.
HTC’s tablet has a 7-inch 600 x 1024 pixels LCD capacitive touchscreen display whereas Samsung Galaxy Tab has a 10.1-inch 800 x 1280 pixels PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen display. The iPad 2 features 9.7-inch 768 x 1024 pixels LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen display.
The input features in HTC EVO View 4G are accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, HTC Sense UI, multi-touch input method, handwriting support, touch-sensitive controls with rotating icons and proximity sensor for auto turn-off. Samsung Galaxy Tab has features like TouchWiz UX UI, multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, three-axis gyro sensor and touch-sensitive controls. Moreover Apple iPad 2 has Fingerprint scratch resistant oleophobic surface, multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and three-axis gyro sensor.
The memory found in HTC tablet is 1 GB RAM and 32 GB storage capacity with microSD card slot giving up to 32 GB support. Samsung’s Tab has 1 GB RAM compared to Apple iPad 2’s 512 MB RAM but both the tablets have 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB internal storage support.
There is Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiMAX 802.16 e, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot support for HTC EVO View 4G whereas Samsung Tab Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot support and iPad 2 has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n support.
Both HTC and Samsung tablets have Bluetooth version 3.0 with A2DP support compared to Apple iPad 2’s version 2.1 with A2DP and EDR. All of them support USB version 2.0.
The biggest of all the camera is found in HTC’s tablet which is a 5-megapixel 2592?1944 pixels camera with autofocus and geo-tagging features. Samsung Galaxy Tab with 3.15-megapixel 2048x1536 pixels camera has similar features but iPad 2 only has 0.7-megapixel camera. There is a secondary VGA camera in iPad 2, 2-megapixel in Galaxy Tab and 1.3-megapixel in EVO View 4G. And all of them can capture video at 720p
Apple’s tablet has iOS 4 operating system compared to Samsung which features the latest Android OS v3.0 (Honeycomb) built for tablets. HTC EVO View 4G runs Android OS v2.3 (Gingerbread) with a layer of the latest Sense UI on top of it, this makes using the View 4G feel like using a giant version of the HTC smartphone, which is better as Gingerbread is much more finely-tuned than Honeycomb.
The EVO View 4G tablet has really fast 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor compared to iPad 2’s 900 MHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU Apple A5 chipset processor and Samsung Tab’s dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 ULP GeForce GPU Tegra 2 chipset processor.
When it comes to battery HTC EVO View 4G has Li-Ion 4000 mAh whereas Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with 7000 mAh while iPad 2 features Li-Po 6930 mAh (25 Wh).
The EVO View is priced at $399.99 plus between $29.99 and $89.99 for monthly service. And 4G plan will either cost you $59.99 per month (unlimited 4G, plus 5GB of 3G bandwidth) or $89.99 per month for unlimited 4G and 10GB of 3G.
Also the latest news shows us that the T-Mobile version of HTC Flyer is GSM tablet with support for the 1700MHz frequency that T-Mobile makes use for their HSPA cellular network. HTC says the tablet will eventually be upgraded to Honeycomb and it features HTC’s scribe technology which allows the user to write on the tablet with a special pen which costs an extra $80 apart from the tablet cost.
T-Mobile Flyer supports GSM 850 and 1900 bands in addition to T-Mobile USA’s WCDMA IV band. With no mention about T-Mobile 4G network at FCC filings, the tablet for T-Mobile version of the Flyer will be 3G only. BestBuy Wi-Fi version tablet which was launched earlier was priced at $500 but with an extra cost for Stylus pen the T-Mobile version may be priced at $580 which makes it costlier compared to other 7-inch tablets.