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HTC's new seven-incher

Tablets, tablets, tablets. Sometimes it seems they're all the world wants to talk about - not bad for a product class that barely existed a year ago.

The ever-growing Android tablet market seems to be rupturing into three classes - 10-inchers like the Motorola Xoom and the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, like we told you about yesterday; 5-inchers like the Dell Streak; and, perhaps the most populous class, 7-inchers. The first Android tablet, the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, was a 7-incher, and now another major manufacturer has entered the fray: HTC.

The Taiwanese Android gurus have called their new baby the Flyer, and it's an apt name given its speedy 1.5GHz processor that'll make it the fastest tablet on the market. Interestingly, they're not waiting for Google to introduce their tablet-friendly Honeycomb operating system; like Samsung, they're simply making some modifications to regular phone-flavour Android to adjust it to the larger size. It looks from Engadget's hands-on, though, that they've done a better job of the adjusting than Samsung, with nice big icons and lovely hi-res widgets. And it's packing a nifty pressure-sensitive stylus that could have some cool note-taking uses - though don't worry, it works well with your fingers too, this isn't 2006.

No word on price or release date yet, but while you're waiting go have a look at the video.

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