Chunghwa Telecom, HTC take on Apple with teamwork.
Taipei, March 10, 2011 (CENS)--HTC Corp. will roll out its Flyer tablet PC embedded with Chunghwa Telecom-developed Hami and movie-on-demand (MOD) TV services in China to compete against Apple iPad 2 equipped with online App Store service.
Chunghwa Telecom executives have confirmed that Flyer, HTC's first tablet PC, will go on sale with Hami and MOD services, estimating the mobile computing gadget in Taiwan will be available starting next month without disclosing the date of availability in China.
Flyers will be on sale in China at the 22 Wo Senao chain stores run by China Unicom and Senao International Co. starting on May 1.
Apple will put iPad 2 on sale on March 11 in the United States and then in 26 countries two weeks later, projecting shipments of the latest version of iPad tablet PC to total 30 million systems by the end of this year. Around 15 million iPads were delivered within nine months of rollout in 2010.
Based on Apple's aggressive shipment goal for the iPad 2 and similar goals set by Samsung, Acer and Asustek for their tablet PCs, industry executives expect HTC to fight an uphill battle.