updated 07:00 pm EST, Thu January 7, 2010
Entry-level smartphone based on Qualcomm's BREW.
HTC on Thursday unveiled the HTC Smart; the company called the device "a new type of smartphone" based on Qualcomm's Brew MP operating system that tries to deliver smartphone-like devices at more aggressive price points. HTC Smart uses HTC's usual compact touch design and integrates an intuitive user experience that is centered around HTC Sense, the company's 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 allows users to customize their own phone experience and also provides a quick and easy way to see what friends are up to via various social networks. It also provides intuitive and easy access to text messaging and email.
Featuring a 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with QVGA resolution, the device weighs under four ounces and works on the HSDPA/WCDMA networks in Europe/Asia as well as quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE. Other functions include standard Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets, a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, a 3.0 megapixel color camera with fixed focus and flashlight, and rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer battery (1100 mAh) for up to 370 minutes on WCDMA networks and 450 minutes on GSM networks. The company also includes an microSD memory card slot for building on the 256MB of built-in RAM.
The HTC Smart will be available this spring across Europe and Asia, according to the company.