HTC's newest Android phone has been revealed, the HTC Gratia, though given it appears to be a European version of the HTC Aria they're not making a huge fuss over it. Packed into a compact chassis is Android 2.2 Froyo, a 5-megapixel camera and HTC Sense; there's also a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen and 600MHz Qualcomm processor, along with dualband 900/2100 HSPA/WCDMA and WiFi b/g.
Connectivity includes Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone socket, and then there's GPS, a g-sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor. Storage is via microSD card, augmenting the 512MB of ROM (RAM is 384MB). There's also an optical trackpad, touch-sensitive keys and the rubbery casing design with exposed screw-heads that we first saw on the HTC HD mini.
The whole thing measures in at 103.8 x 57.7 x 11.7 mm and weighs 115g. No word on pricing at this stage, but HTC say the Gratia will hit most European carriers and markets in November 2010.
[via Android Community]
HTC LAUNCHES SLEEK AND COMPACT HTC GRATIA FOR EUROPEAN MARKETS
LONDON, UK – 18 October, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announced the European launch of HTC Gratia, a rich and elegant addition to Android’s smartphone portfolio.
Combining style and functionality, the sleek and compact HTC Gratia features a seamless wrap-around soft-cover that eliminates hard edges and a five megapixel colour camera with auto focus. At just over four inches in length and weighing 4.06 ounces, it packs power thanks to Android 2.2 – the latest version of Android.
HTC Gratia also embodies the acclaimed HTC Sense™ experience, which places you at the centre, by making your phone work in a more personal and natural way, while providing unexpected features that put a smile on your face. It also offers you more ways to stay connected with Friend Stream – an application that brings all of your Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates into a single, organized flow of updates – making keeping in touch with friends on social networks even easier.
“HTC’s mantra is to provide a unique mix of experience and choice to people using our phones,” said Florian Seiche, President of HTC Europe, Middle East and Africa. “HTC Gratia offers something completely different. Its compact size, beautiful design and power with Android 2.2, combined with its personalised experience through HTC Sense, is uniquely compelling. We can’t wait to bring HTC Gratia to our customers in Europe.”
The HTC Gratia will be available through mobile operators and retailers across major European markets from November 2010.
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.