BGR and Qualcomm's Snapdragon™ giveaway, week 2: EVO View 4G, Xperia PLAY, Inspire 4G!

By on August 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM.

BGR and Qualcomm's Snapdragon™ giveaway, week 2: EVO View 4G, Xperia PLAY, Inspire 4G!

You thought we’d be done after three devices? Not a chance. Following week one of Qualcomm and BGR’s Snapdragon giveaway, we’re back with three more awesome devices to send out to three lucky BGR readers absolutely free of charge. Last week’s handsets fell into Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon System 1 category, and this week’s devices are powered by beefed up System 2 chipsets, which offer up to 1.4GHz of processing power, an Adreno 205 GPU, stereoscopic 3D support and plenty more. In store for week two winners is a brand new HTC EVO View 4G tablet (Sprint), one HTC Inspire 4G (AT&T) and one Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY (Verizon Wireless). Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment below explaining why you want to win — be sure to use your real email address, Twitter account or Facebook account when commenting so we can contact you if you win
  • Follow @BGR on Twitter and retweet this post

Readers may enter this portion of the giveaway up to twice, once by commenting beneath this post and once by following @BGR on Twitter and retweeting this post. Readers who enter week two of the giveaway are still eligible to enter week three. The second leg of our three-week giveaway will run from now through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 16th, and then the last leg will begin on August 17th. The giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States only, and you must be at least 18-years-old to enter. No purchase is necessary, and all devices and shipping costs will be free to contest winners. Winners will be selected randomly, contacted directly by BGR staff, and devices will be paired with winners at random. Phone service is not included.

Good luck! And feel free to follow individual BGR staffers on Twitter, too (@boygenius, @zacharye and @robotodd).

UPDATE: The AT&T device available to win is the HTC Inspire 4G, not the Samsung Infuse 4G as originally stated.

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Sprint to launch HTC EVO 3D ($199.99), EVO View 4G ($399.99) on June 24th

By on June 6, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

Sprint to launch HTC EVO 3D ($199.99), EVO View 4G ($399.99) on June 24th

Sprint on Monday announced pricing and availability for the two latest addition to its successful EVO line of Android devices. Both the HTC EVO 3D and the HTC EVO View 4G will become available on June 24th. The EVO 3D, which will retail for $199.99 on contract, features a 4.3-inch qHD 3D display and a class-leading 1.2GHz dual-core processor atop Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The glasses-free 3D display is a first among devices offered by U.S. carriers, and the phone will also be compatible with Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network. The HTC View 4G will retail for $399.99 on contract, and it is nearly identical to the HTC Flyer we recently reviewed. The View 4G adds a 4G WiMAX radio, however, and monthly data plans start at $34.99 for 3GB of data each month. Hit the break for Sprint’s full press release. More →

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HTC Flyer tablet hands-on

By on May 23, 2011 at 11:35 AM.

HTC Flyer tablet hands-on

HTC’s first tablet is now on sale exclusively at Best Buy, and we’ve been playing with one for the last couple days. We first saw it at MWC and then we played with Sprint’s version, the EVO View 4G, at CTIA, but you know the drill… it’s always totally different when you have one up close for an extended period of time. For all intents and purposes, the HTC Flyer really is a large HTC Sense smartphone, and that results in a good experience at some times and a not-so-good experience at others. The Flyer features the latest Sense UI that included 3D home screen effects, an improved lock screen, an updated UI and more. However, the tablet is a bit chunky and it’s kind of annoying that the rear cover isn’t symmetrical; the plastic antenna covers jut out from the smooth machined aluminum case and the end result is odd. The Flyer features capacitive Android menu buttons on both orientations which is a nice effect — they disappear and reappear along the bezel for landscape and portrait use — and battery life in our limited use seems to be pretty solid. All in all, however, the experience isn’t too different from HTC’s smartphones and we wish there were some bigger twists that might help make the Flyer more unique. We’ll have much more in our full review soon, but in the meantime, you know where to find the high-res shots.

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Wi-Fi HTC Flyer landing in Best Buy on May 22nd

By on May 19, 2011 at 7:00 PM.

Wi-Fi HTC Flyer landing in Best Buy on May 22nd

Best Buy announced on Thursday that it will be the exclusive retailer of the Wi-Fi HTC Flyer when it lands in stores and online on May 22nd. The Flyer is a 7-inch Android tablet with a 1.5GHz single core processor, a 4,000 mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, HDMI-out, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats. It was originally announced during Mobile World Congress in February, where we had a chance to get up close for a hands-on. Best Buy has not yet revealed how much the tablet will cost but with the 22nd three short days away, we won’t have long to wait to find out. Hit the jump for the full announcement. More →

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HTC, ASUS delay tablet launches according to report

By on April 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM.

HTC, ASUS delay tablet launches according to report

Several companies have reportedly decided to postpone tablet launches as a result of concerns over the state of the industry and possible component shortages due to the recent earthquakes in Japan. DigiTimes cites anonymous industry sources in reporting that ASUS will delay the release of its Eee Pad Transformer tablet. The report also claims that HTC will push back the date it had previously set for volume production of its Flyer tablet, though it will supposedly still launch the device in the second quarter. DigiTimes also states that XOOM sales are failing to meet expectations, though we don’t think sales have been terrible so far and we also don’t recall Motorola ever having revealed any targets or estimates. In response to the report, HTC said its tablet roadmap had not changed, though the company did not reveal any details regarding launch timing. More →

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T-Mobile may launch HTC Flyer tablet

By on March 28, 2011 at 3:42 PM.

T-Mobile may launch HTC Flyer tablet

Sprint announced last week that it would soon launch the HTC Flyer Android tablet rebranded as the EVO View 4G. Now, a new rumor circulating on Monday suggests another U.S. carrier will soon offer the Flyer as well. A series of leaked promotional materials and retail mock ups suggest that HTC’s Flyer is set to hit T-Mobile shelves in the near future. The are currently no indications as to when the tablet might launch or how T-Mobile might price the device, but odds are good that we’ll see something official pop up in the near future. HTC’s Flyer tablet does not feature Android 3.0 Honeycomb, as most recently announced tablets do, though it does feature a 7-inch touchscreen display and a new 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor. We took a hands-on look at Sprint’s version of the device last week and we identified a few issues as far as utility is concerned. Overall, however, we liked the device and thought it was very well built. More →

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Wi-Fi HTC Flyer to be retail exclusive at Best Buy

By on March 22, 2011 at 8:09 PM.

Wi-Fi HTC Flyer to be retail exclusive at Best Buy

Best Buy announced Tuesday that it will exclusively offer the Wi-Fi version of the HTC Flyer tablet beginning this spring. The HTC Flyer, which is also launching on Sprint as the HTC EVO View, sports a 7-inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display; has 16GB of storage; a 5 megapixel camera; a 1.5GHz processor; a 4,000mAh battery a 1.3 megapixel forward-facing camera for video chat; and Android 2.2 (Froyo). The Flyer runs HTC’s new Sense user interface, which offers a host of UI improvements and supports the HTC Scribe — the company’s innovative stylus. Best Buy did not provide pricing details or a specific launch date for the Flyer, but said that it will be available in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores, as well as online. For a closer look, be sure to check out our Flyer hands-on from Mobile World Congress. Hit the jump for the full release. More →

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Sprint announces HTC EVO View 4G tablet

By on March 22, 2011 at 1:54 PM.

Sprint announces HTC EVO View 4G tablet

On Tuesday at the CTIA Wireless tradeshow in Orlando, Florida, Sprint announced that it will carry a 4G WiMAX version of the HTC Flyer tablet, dubbed the EVO View 4G. The EVO View 4G has a 7-inch 1024 x 600-pixel capacitive touchscreen display, an aluminum uni-body design and a 4,000 mAh battery. It comes with a few unique software features developed by HTC, including HTC Scribe — a note taking application that can be used with an optional pen — and HTC’s Sense user interface on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Other features include a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling, an HDMI-out port and DLNA support for wireless sharing of multimedia content to other DLNA-certified devices. Sprint has not yet provided launch details or pricing for the EVO View 4G. Hit the jump for the full press release and stay tuned for our hands-on. More →

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HTC Flyer tablet production to exceed 1 million units in initial run

By on March 14, 2011 at 12:40 PM.

HTC Flyer tablet production to exceed 1 million units in initial run

Citing industry sources, Taiwan Economic News reports that HTC has high hopes for its debut tablet, the HTC Flyer. Announced at Mobile World Congress last month, the HTC Flyer is an Android 2.4-powered slate with a 7-inch touchscreen display, a 1.5GHz processor, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling. Despite a tremendous amount of competition expected this year, HTC has reportedly placed an initial order with manufacturers for over 1 million units of its Flyer tablet. This seems like a massive first order for HTC, which is also expected to launch two more Android tablets in the first half or 2011 according to the report. Taiwan Economic News states that the 3G-enabled Flyer will retail for approximately $600 off contract, which would make it over $100 less expensive than the 32GB iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G model from Apple. More →

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HTC Flyer tablet appears on German Amazon site for €669

By on February 16, 2011 at 9:11 AM.

HTC Flyer tablet appears on German Amazon site for €669

HTC announced its first tablet device — the HTC Flyer — at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, though the company was mum on pricing and specific availability. An apparent slip up on the German Amazon website may shed some light on pricing, however, and we hope our European friends are sitting down. According to the product page, which has not yet been taken down as of the time of this writing, the HTC Flyer will retail for a whopping €669 off contract, or just over $900 at today’s exchange rate. Of course, that includes Europe’s VAT tax and pricing varies between markets so we obviously shouldn’t expect to see the Flyer launch at $900 here in the U.S., but that’s quite a price to pay for a slate that doesn’t even include Google’s tablet OS, Honeycomb. The HTC Flyer will feature Google’s Android 2.4 operating system along with a custom HTC Sense UI, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, micro-SD card slot, HDMI-out and DLNA support. Don’t forget to check out our HTC Flyer hands-on impressions and gallery for more on HTC’s upcoming virgin tablet offering. More →

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HTC Flyer could be a 7-inch tablet with yesterday’s OS and last year’s specs

By on January 25, 2011 at 5:45 PM.

HTC Flyer could be a 7-inch tablet with yesterday’s OS and last year’s specs

Unconfirmed reports claim to reveal the specs of an unannounced tablet soon to be unveiled by HTC. Norwegian enthusiast blog amobil claims to have sources and an internal document that provide details surrounding HTC’s forthcoming “HTC Flyer” tablet. Thought to launch as one of HTC’s first tablet offerings, the device curiously has specs that barely seem competitive following the barrage of tablets we saw introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. Purported specs include a 7-inch 1024 x 600-pixel display, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3G connectivity, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 4GB of internal storage, DLNA, an HDMI-out port and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS with HTC Sense. Unless HTC plans on bringing a knife to a gunfight, expect one of two things to happen when the Flyer is finally announced — either these specs are off base, or this device will be on the budget end of several tablets (possibly including the HTC Scribe) announced in succession by the popular Taiwan-based cell phone maker. Along those lines, amobil also notes that HTC is preparing a 10-inch tablet with LTE connectivity to launch in the second half of the year. More →

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