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HTC prepping a Tablet to compete with Apple’s iPad 2

HTC are preparing their second tablet that will go in direct competition with Apple’s iPad 2.  The 10-inch tablet, will be called Puccini, after the famous Italian composer.

HTC planning a second 10-inch tablet, called Puccini.

The news comes as HTC prepares to launch their smaller 7-inch Flyer tablet which went on pre-order today. The HTC Flyer is their first foray into the increasingly crowded tablet market, currently dominated by the Apple’s iPad 2

The new tab is rumoured to be called Puccini and it bears the name of a famous Italian opera composer which could mean that it will have some great audio capabilities.

The rumours started over at Pocketnow who reported that the tablet will be available on AT&T’s soon-to-be-launched, so-called “True 4G” LTE network.

It’s unclear what specs the Puccini will be, however if it’s on par with the HTC Flyer, then you can expect it to have a dual core chip clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, a five-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front facing one, Wi-Fi, a microSD card reader and a HDMI input.

We’d imagine HTC would want to up the spec and make it a better tablet spec-wise than their entry level Flyer – but all of this remains speculation.

It’s unclear whether the tab will come with HTC’s scribe pen, but what we do know is the tablet will definitely come with Android 3.x Honeycomb with the latest HTC Sense user interface.

Earlier rumours put the launch of Puccini towards the end of the first half of the year and it is likely to face the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab SII, and numerous other Honeycomb tablets that will be hitting shelves over the next 6 months.

The HTC Flyer is already on preorder for around the same price of the iPad 2 which means that the Puccini may either be costing more or HTC may be preparing to cut the price of the Flyer.

We’ll keep you in the loop on this.  Are you going to be picking up the Flyer or are you going to wait for the Puccini.  Let us know on the Official Gadget Helpline Facebook Page.

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