HTC Puccini 4G LTE Tablet Launch Date is soon; FCC cleared

HTC Puccini 4G LTE Tablet Launch Date is soon; FCC cleared

The HTC tablet codenamed the HTC Puccini has breezed through the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) testing, suggesting a launch date could be imminent, it appears that the HTC “Puccini” will be distributed through AT&T, and is designed to work with the budding AT&T 4G network.

While details of the tablet have been rumoured since May HTC has yet to confirm any details though the FCC filing has yielded some solid new information about what to expect. With support for GSM 850 and 1900MHz, WCDMA 850 and 1900 MHz frequencies as well as AT&T’s future LTE network it looks like it’s headed for the carrier in the US.

HTC Puccini tablet will be Flyer’s successor albeit with larger screen and Android Honeycomb running on it. HTC had introduced the 7-inch display bearing Flyer tablet with its new stylus-like Scribe technology in mid-February this year. Meanwhile, the competition already brought in some 10.1-inch Android tablets which apparently were selling bit more.

Apart from the 10.1″ display little else is known for certain about the internal hardware. Rumours suggest that like the Flyer it will come with a 1.5GHz processor but with a higher 2GB of RAM and Android 3.0, possible even 3.2. If the Flyer is anything to go by other likely features include 32GB of internal memory, a rear facing 5mp camera and a front-facing VGA camera for video calling.

Unlike the competitors, HTC is not working on a 3D supporting laptop like the Optimus 3D tablet from LG. Instead HTC would be looking forward to provide the HTC Sense User Interface experience on the 10.1-inch display screen of the Puccini tablet.

The HTC tablet will have to compete with a whole slew of 10-inch Android tablets, and the HP TouchPad, as well as the Apple iPad 2. Just in recent months the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Toshiba Thrive have hit the street. Both of those are running Honeycomb, so the HTC Puccini is going to need to run at least Android 3.1, if not Android 3.2 to keep up. The Toshiba Thrive is having some glitches out of the gate, but the various ports on the tablet make it 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.

The tablet was expected to launch in June but even though there’s been no official word it could still be released by the end of Summer. HTC remains tight lipped about the still rumoured tablet but with an FCC filing it’s hard to deny it exists. It’s not even definite that it will be called Puccini when it launches, but it looks like it won’t be long before it gets official.

All in all, it looks like we’ll see a range of hot 4G LTE tablets being released in the second half of 2011. The HTC Puccini has yet to receive an official announcement, but supply chain sources earlier this year told Digitimes that it would be powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor and have a touch panel supporting both resistive and capacitive touch technologies. Its touch pen would also be able to work on specified software and areas.

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