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Two Tech Giants Want Piece Of iPad Pie

Samsung isn’t the only guest at the tablet party. HTC and Huawei are also looking to unseat Apple as the dominant tablet player. HTC unveiled the Flyer, a 7-inch Android 2.4 device sporting a 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and both a front and rear-facing camera.

Notable features are the Sense UI layer, which has received very favorable reviews, and built-in pen (stylus) support that can be used with its Scribe apps. One of these apps, dubbed “Timemark” allows the synchronization of audio clips with your written notes, pretty handy in an academic setting where students can take advantage of this, and not risk missing out on any part of an important lecture. To top it off, a Watch service allows the streaming of HD movies, while OnLive’s cloud-based service supports gaming.

Huawei challenger is the Ideos Slim S7, set to be released in April. This 7-incher runs Android 2.2 Froyo, supports 720 HD video playback, and has a 800×480 capacitative multitouch screen. Surprising many will be the price — under $300 — a far cry from roughly $670 price for the Flyer. But despite the relatively low price, we’ll have to wait and see how well the Slim S7 does in an already crowded value-based tablet market.