HTC Aria smartphone preview

HTC Aria smartphone

The HTC Aria will be officially announced tomorrow, at a press event in Sydney. It’s another of their smaller smartphones, in terms of its dimensions, and its 600 MHz processor.

According to the specifications listed on the HTC Asia Pacific site (se below), the Aria will run on Android 2.1 (aka Éclair), with as ever the HTC Sense user interface overlay.

HTC Aria release date and price

The HTC Aria release date in Australia is mid-October, and it will be exclusive to Optus until the end of 2010.

The minimum cost of the HTC Aria will be $1,176, payable over 24 months on the $49 Optus Cap plan, or the $49 Business Complete Advantage plan for small business customers. On both plans the cost up-front for the HTC Aria is $0.

Regarding the possibility of an upgrade to the Android v2.2 operating system, also known as Froyo, HTC said:

HTC is focused on delivering the best mobile experience for its customers. At this stage we have no specific updates on when or if Froyo will be available on the HTC Aria.

Specifications

  • Operating system: Android 2.1 (Éclair) with HTC Sense overlay
  • Network: HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz; GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Internet tethering: sharing through USB
  • Battery: 1200 mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
  • Talk time: WCDMA: Up to 350 minutes; GSM: Up to 420 minutes
  • Standby time: WCDMA: Up to 400 hours; GSM: Up to 360 hours
  • Screen: 3.2 inch touchscreen, 320 x 480 resolution
  • Processor: 600 MHz
  • Storage: ROM: 512 MB; RAM: 384 MB. Storage expandable via microSD card up to 32GB
  • Camera: 5 megapixel, auto focus, geotagging option
  • Connections: 3.5 mm headphone jack, standard micro USB
  • Sensors: G-Sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g
  • Audio playback formats: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
  • Video supported formats: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9)
  • Pre-loaded widgets: Bookmarks, Calendar, Clock, Footprints, Friend Stream, Mail, Messages, Music, News, People, Photo Album, Photo Frame, Search, Settings, Stocks, Twitter, Weather
  • Social networking: Facebook integration, Friend Stream, HTC Peep (Twitter client)
  • Recommended computer requirements: Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP
  • Dimensions: 103.8 x 57.7 x 11.7 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 115 grams (4.06 ounces) with battery

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