August 5, 2011 | by Ben Crawford
Android, Android Devices, Android News, AT&T, Carriers, Google Android, HTC Tablets, Rumors, Tablets
The first few screenshots of HTC’s Puccini tablet have been released, and they show a nice Honeycomb build with a supposed upgraded version of HTC’s Sense tablet overlay. I’ve liked the Sense overlay in the past as I think it adds some good customization features with an easy-to-use interface for new Android users. HTC upgraded Sense for its Flyer/EVO View Gingerbread tablet, and now it’s doing the same for bigger screens.
The Sense Honeycomb overlay looks to have some pre-installed AT&T apps as well as a few games like Cordy, NFS: Shift, and AT&T’s Gameworld. Aside from the AT&T bloat, HTC’s apps look genuinely useful like the PDF Viewer or the Notes app which is rumored to work with the HTC Scribe Pen that you can buy for the HTC Flyer. The only thing that looks a little misguided is the Sense keyboard which boasts a true Numeric keypad but cramps the Alpha keyboard.
The rumors about the Puccini have it as a 10-inch, 1280×800 WVGA tablet running on AT&T’s LTE spectrum. Besides having a dual-core processor, which is common in present Honeycomb tablets, the Puccini is rumored to have a 1.2ghz processor and run at least Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but let’s hope HTC wises up and releases Honeycomb 3.1 or 3.2.
There’s no definite word on any other features, but as with other tablets, we can expect front and back cameras and a release date somewhere in October or November in time for the Holidays. HTC is also known for their build quality so it will be nice/interesting to see how the Puccini feels in the hand. Whether it’s heavier/sturdier than the Galaxy Tab, Asus Transformer, or even the Xoom could be a make-or-break for consumers. Here’s the link for the rest of the screenshots.