No, before you even say it, this isn’t the HTC HD Mini. HTC have just surprised us with the announcement of this, the HTC Gratia. No real fanfare on this or launch event, but it packs Android 2.2, the Sense interface, Twitter, Flickr and Facebook integration plus a five megapixel camera.
It’ll be arriving in November to various mobile operators. We’re on the hunt for more information currently and will let you know more in due course, but click on for the press release.
Update – HTC tell us that this will actually arrive here in the UK in Q1 next year. Yep, this is our version of the AT&T Aria. Specs below.
HTC Gratia Specifications
· 600 MHz
* Android™ 2.2 with HTC Senseä
· ROM: 512 MB
· RAM: 384 MB
* 103.8 x 57.7 x 11.7 mm (4.09 x 2.27 x 0.46 inches)
* 115 grams (4.06 ounces) with battery
* 3.2-inch touch screen with 320 X 480 resolution
· HSPA/WCDMA (900/2100 MHz)
· Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
* Optical trackball
* Digital compass
* Proximity sensor
* Ambient light sensor
* Bluetooth® 2.1 with A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
* Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
* 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
* Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
* 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus
* VGA (640 x 480) resolution
* microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
* Friend Stream
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.