updated 09:05 am EDT, Tue September 20, 2011
HTC Rhyme touts charm cable, Sense UI 3.5
HTC and Verizon ahead of their Fashion Week event unveiled the Rhyme, an attempt to revive the idea of a woman-focused phone. Along with its plum color, the Android 2.3 phone has a charm cable that plugs in and lights up for calls and texts without having to take it out of a purse. A special docking station provides both 'stealth' speakers for listening to music but also alarm clock functions, and Beats-derived headphones with the signature flat ribbon cables also come in the box.
The Rhyme occupies the mid-range in phones with a 3.7-inch 480x800 display, a 1GHz Snapdragon for its processor, a five-megapixel rear camera, and a VGA front camera. It represents one of the first phones with HTC's Sense 3.5 interface, however, and has a new home screen with a pinned set of extendable app icons, an overall subtler look, and a camera app that addresses over-bright backlighting and face detection. Owners will have access to HTC's Watch movie rentals.
Verizon will start pre-sales of the Rhyme on September 22 for $199 on contract, though tips have hinted it might drop to $50. Target will be the exclusive retailer outside of Verizon, and wider in-store availability will start on September 29. Other extras beyond the dock will include a color-matching Bluetooth headset and an armband for runners.