Announced back in late September, the HTC Explorer follows HTC's tradition of affordable entry-level Android smartphones. Running on Android 2.3.5/Gingerbread and featuring HTC Sense 3.5, the Explorer is powered by the brand new Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon S1 ARM Cortex A5 45nm CPU at 600 MHz; which is equally fast as the older Qualcomm MSM7227 800 MHz CPU but consuming less power. Developed manly for emerging markets, the Explorer supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz only and also lacks support for HSUPA. However, also on-board are Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n with tethering capabilities, aGPS and an FM radio.
The 3.2" IPS-powered LCD capacitive touchscreen supports HVGA only as well as the 3 megapixel main camera on the back lacks a supporting flash LED and autofocus capabilities. The Explorer comes with 512 MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM which can be expanded with micro SD memory cards. It device comes with four backlight illuminated touch sensitive navigation keys and weights, at a size of 102.8 x 57.2 x 12.9 mm, 108 g only - including the 1230 mAh Lithium-ion battery.
The HTC Explorer is now available across key markets in EMEA and Asia in Metallic Black, Active Black and Metallic Navy (pictured above). Customers will be also able to customize their HTC Explorer with a range of optional back covers including Metallic Blue, Metallic Orange, Metallic White and Metallic Purple. Without a contract, it retails for around 200 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne