HTC is this morning announcing the availability of two new smartphones – one, a business-orientated Windows Phone 7 device the other a mid-range Android handset, both of which will be available in the UK next month.
Let’s take the Windows device first. The HTC Pro 7 is the fourth WP7 device launched by HTC from the list of five it announced in October, following the launch of the HD7, the 7 Trophy and the 7 Mozart. The Pro 7 is a business-focused device which incorporates a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a tilting 3.6in 480 x 800 WVGA touchscreen display. Weighing 185g, it has a 1GHz processor and internal storage of 8GB but as with the HD7 has no microSD card slot which does somewhat limit the phone – especially since it is aimed at heavy business users.
The Pro 7 has a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash and will record 720p video. Connections wise the phone has a headphone jack and a micro-USB port for charging and connecting to your PC. It has an accelerometer, proximity sensor, digital compass and ambient light sensor along with the expected 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth. HTC Hub, an addition to the WP7 interface, adds exclusive apps for things such as stocks and weather as well as features to help enhance your photos and videos.
The Gratia on the other hand is a mid-range Android phone aimed at those looking for seamless social media integration. The Gratia runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), which is over layed by the now ubiquitous HTC Sense UI. However in addition users will get something called Friends Stream that, similar to TimeScape on Sony Ericsson devices, promises to “bring all of your Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates into one single, organised flow of updates.”
The Gratia is encased in a fairly compact chassis (103.8 x 57.7 x 11.7 mm) that features a, hopefully pleasing to hold, seamless wrap-around soft-cover with no hard edges. Weighing in at 115g it’s powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm processor and has a 5 megapixel camera at the rear, and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. There’s 384MB of RAM built in, and a microSD card slot and the display is 320 x 480.
Both phones as we said will be available in the UK from February, however no pricing or carriers have been announced yet save to say HTC said it would be distributing the phones through its normal distribution channels.