HTC Smart – Smartphone features for the masses

HTC Smart   Smartphone features for the masses Announced today at CES in Las Vegas, this is the HTC Smart – a “more accessible device for global markets”. It’s up now on the HTC website and is the more “affordable smartphone” with a flavour of the HTC Sense interface.

Excited? Well, calm down a little – this isn’t powered by Windows Mobile.. or Android. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Brew Mobile Platform and has a 300Mhz CPU (yes, you read that right). The specs include a 2.8″ QVGA touch-screen, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and single-band 3G/HSDPA, 3 megapixel fixed-focus camera with flash, Bluetooth 2.0 and microSD expansion.

The handset has “HTC Scenes” which reflect your mood with different phone configurations. There’s a mode for relaxing, one for work and so on. Facebook updates, texts and emails are all brought into the “Scenes” and you can browse the web in both portrait and landscape modes with the “smart zoom” functionality we’ve seen in many HTC devices for formatting web text.

No news as yet on availability or price. Click on for the press release.

Link – HTC Smart

HTC Smart defines a new category of smartphones for the masses

HTC Smart’s friendly compact design and integration of HTC Sense will

appeal to a broad range of people all over the world

LAS VEGAS, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), – Jan. 7, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global smartphone designer, today unveiled HTC Smartä, a new type of smartphone that creates a new category of easy-to-use, connected smartphones that are accessible by people all over the world. The HTC Smart will be available this spring across Europe and Asia.

“HTC has always focused on listening to customers and setting the stage for new mobile categories and HTC Smart is the response to customer demand around the world for an easier-to-use, affordable smartphone,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation. “Just adding a touch interface doesn’t mean a phone is a smartphone; The integration of HTC Sense brings an unparalleled smartphone experience for people looking to do more on their phone.”

Bringing HTC Sense To The Masses

HTC Smart begins with a friendly compact touch design and integrates an intuitive user experience that is centered around HTC Senseä, an HTC design philosophy that puts people at the center by focusing on three core areas: Make It Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected. HTC Smart enables personal customization of each person’s own phone experience. It also provides a quick and easy way to see what friends are up to via various social networks as well as quickly communicating over the phone, through text messaging or email.

“HTC Smart breaks new ground in delivering the powerful, in-demand smartphone features that consumers want on a more accessible device for global markets,” said Paul Jacobs, chief executive officer, Qualcomm Incorporated. “We are pleased to be supporting HTC as they utilize the capabilities of Qualcomm’s Brew Mobile Platform open operating system to offer high-end capabilities and a compelling mobile user experience at mass-market price points.”

Qualcomm Brew Mobile Platform (Brew MP)

HTC Smart utilizes Qualcomm’s Brew MP, a popular mobile operating system that enables smartphone devices to be offered at more aggressive price points, providing HTC with the flexibility to deliver smartphone features on devices across multiple tiers.