AT&T and HTC today announced that HTC Aria Android smartphone. While it seems to be an exact copy of the HTC HD Mini Windows Phone, this smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7227 CPU at 600 MHz and comes with Android 2.1. It supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/1900 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g and aGPS/GPS. The 3.2" capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom and haptic capability supports HVGA (32 x 480) and the autofocus camera supports 5 megapixel. In addition to the dedicated touch sensitive home, menu, back and search keys; the Aria also features an optical joystick.
The Aria comes with 512 MB RAM / 384 MB ROM which can be expanded with a microSD card and at a size of 104.1 x 58.42 x 11.68 mm, the HTC Aries weights 108 gram.
The HTC Aria features the acclaimed HTC Sense experience, which automatically delivers the most-wanted information by bringing it to the forefront of the mobile experience. Featuring the latest version of HTC Sense, HTC Aria offers even more ways to stay connected, including Friend Stream, which delivers Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates in a single, consolidated view. Furthermore, a full selection of the newest and most popular Google services can be accessed with HTC Aria. This includes Google search, Google Maps, Google Navigation, Gmail, YouTube and more. With Android Market, customers can also choose from more than 50,000 applications to further personalize the mobile experience.
The HTC Aria will be available exclusively at AT&T beginning June 20 for US$ 129.99 after US$ 100 mail-in rebate (pay US$ 229.99 and after mail-in rebate receive US$ 100 AT&T Promotion Card. Two-year agreement required and smartphone data plan required).
It's yet not known if HTC will release a sister-model in Europe as well or if this will stay an U.S.-exclusive only.
Cheers ~ Arne