HTC Puccini Tablet is Coming Soon to AT&T Network

By Ashok Bindra July 20, 2011

Long-rumored Android tablet, codenamed HTC Puccini, may be coming soon to the AT&T 4G network. Media reports indicate that Puccinni has been submitted to FCC for the standard approval process.

According to a report filed in PCWorld’s Business Center, Puccini will be powered by Android Honeycomb and offer a 10-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. In addition, it will employ a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and come with 2 GB of RAM.

Some other specific details revealed due to FCC filing include support for GSM, 3G, and LTE bands and frequencies owned by AT&T. As per this report, it looks like HTC Puccini may be launched in summer alongside the AT&T 4G/LTE rollout.

In late May, HTC released a 7-inch model, the Flyer, which offered two unique features, sense UI, and a stylus. According to the PCWorld.com report, the HTC Sense UI overlay looks more useful for Honeycomb tablet.

With more players in the tablet race, PCWorld wrote that the HTC tablets will have to compete with a slew of 10-inch Android tablets in the market, including HP’s recent introduction TouchPad and Apple’s iPad 2. Lately, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Toshiba Thrive have also entered the market. Both, Samsung and Toshiba tablets are powered by Honeycomb. Hence, to keep up with the competition, HTC Puccini will have to run at least Android 3.1, if not Android 3.2, wrote PCWorld reporter Tony Bradley.

According to Bradley, though Toshiba Thrive has some glitches, large number of ports offered by the tablet is appealing to users who feel constrained by the lack of USB ports, or SD memory card capabilities on tablets like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the iPad 2.

It is rumored that HTC Puccini may exploit the stylus used in the Flyer, which has been attractive for business professionals who are looking for the ability to write on the tablet.

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Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

TechZone360 Contributor

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