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Mid-Range HTC Gratia Android Phone Unveiled

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Mid-Range HTC Gratia Android Phone Unveiled

HTC, fresh from its recent batch run of Windows 7 handsets has announced the HTC Gratia, a new Android 2.2 handset.

Naturally, Android’s naked interface is covered by HTC’s Sense UI, which the company describes as “providing unexpected features that put a smile on your face”. We’re not quite sure what they mean by that, but our eyebrows are firmly raised.

The Gratia is encased in a fairly compact chassis that features a, hopefully pleasing to hold, seamless wrap-around soft-cover with no hard edges. It weighs in at 115g.

Spec wise it’s powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm processer 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.

In other words this is a reasonable looking, fairly modest, but very decent HTC handset, and that fact that we can describe it in these terms despite the fact that it has such niceties such as an accelerometer, a digital compass, a proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor, shows how far smartphones have come in the last couple of years.

The HTC Gratia will be offered in black, green and white finishes and will be available in Europe in November.

Chris

October 18, 2010, 7:45 pm

Isn't this a Legend in different clothes? Not that that's a bad thing, it just better be a little cheaper. The only thing wrong with the Legend IMHO was the price, which came in dangerously close to the Desire.

rav

October 18, 2010, 7:46 pm

Looks like a European Aria.

AlexMck

October 18, 2010, 8:05 pm

Does anyone else think that 640x480 isn't a very useful resolution on Android, what with this being the only android phone I know of that has this resolution?

ChaosDefinesOrder

October 18, 2010, 8:25 pm

Maybe they mean "unexpected features" at that price point?

Stelph

October 18, 2010, 8:29 pm

What is the screen size for this phone? From the picture id guess its a smaller 3.2" screen so id guess this is the replacement for the HTC wildfire, although with only a slight boost in CPU speed it doesnt look like much of an upgrade!





Incidentally, im guesing that the reference to smiling is probably a setting in the camera to take a photo when everyone smiles, although maybe im looing to deeply into their cryptic comment :-)

Stelph

October 18, 2010, 8:32 pm

just checked, it is a 3.2" screen. I think HTC need to push forward with the specs in their phones really since 1GHZ phones have been out for a while. Many critisms have been levelled at Windows Mobile 7 but at least their strict enforcement of a 1ghz CPU means that all the phones with WP7 will have good performance!

Conners

October 18, 2010, 9:05 pm

This is simply an HTC Aria. I've had one for the last month in the UK and, broadly speaking, think it's pretty good. Battery life is, as usual with most HTC devices, the only small issue. I just hope this means the Aria will be getting Froyo.

OpenSauce

October 18, 2010, 9:06 pm

great post. no mention of screen size though ...

Teabag

October 19, 2010, 2:09 am

Looks like the Andorid version of the HD Mini - certainly has the same unusual screen resolution and 600MHz processor.

rav

October 19, 2010, 2:52 am

@AlexMck


But the res is HVGA, not VGA. Same as quite a few other Android phones.

PaulW

October 19, 2010, 12:40 pm

See here:- http://www.rethink-wireless.co...





It IS an Aria.

Chris Beach

October 19, 2010, 4:29 pm

Doesn't seem as good as the ZTE Blade, which is available as the Orange San Francisco, with its 800x480 OLED 3.2" screen. Ok its not great build quaility but for 100 payasyou go and $4 to unlock...its a great budget android phone. Also the guys at Modaco have latched on to it, and there's a nice active community supporting it.

rav

October 19, 2010, 5:18 pm

@cjb


I mentioned that in the WP7 thread the other day. Looks like a cracking phone for the price. Bargain basement price for a mid range spec.

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