HTC has announced a new low cost smartphone at the Mobile World Congress. The HTC Smart is built around HTC’s updated Sense interface and, according to HTC CEO Peter Chou, is designed to be an ‘easier to use and more affordable smartphone for the masses.’
The budget-conscious Smart incorporates a 300MHz processor and has 256MB of memory plus a microSD memory card slot. It has a 2.8 inch touchscreen, as well as a 3Mp fixed focus camera with LED flash and a music player with a 3.5mm headphone jack. It can connect to the web using HSDPA (3.5G) but it’s not Wi-Fi capable.
HTC Sense interface
The HTC Smart uses the latest version of HTC’s Sense interface (as found on the new HTC Legend and HTC Desire). This means it has access to Friend Stream, which takes all the social elements you have stored for your contacts (such as Twitter and Facebook feeds) and displays them in one place.
HTC Smart video First Look
The Smart runs on Qualcomms Brew operating system. This means that unlike many HTC models it won’t have access to downloadable applications (apps) from the Android Marketplace. However HTC has announced that users will be able to access apps from a new store that it will set up.
HTC claim that the Smart will offer 370-minutes of talk time on a 3G network (450 minutes on GSM). The quoted standby battery life is 600 hours.
The HTC Smart will launch in April and will be available exclusively through O2. Pricing has yet to be confirmed but O2 say it will cost ‘less than half the price of a smartphone’.
It will be available in three colours – white, red and black.
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