After months of predication finally AT&T has released a video and AT&T is set to launch next Android handset named HTC Aria, out of its lab on 20th June. This pocket-size handset is based on Android 2.1 OS loaded with latest version of HTC’s Sense UI and 50,00 apps to choose from.
In a statement, Jeff Bradley AT&T senior VP said “HTC Aria is the first of several Smartphone in our Android portfolio to run the 2.1 platform,” later he added, “When you combine the nation’s fastest 3G network, and access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network, HTC Aria will be one of the best Android Smartphone’s available.”
HTC Aria is just over 4-inch long, fully capable to run on AT&T’s 3G network. It comes with a preinstalled 2 GB microSD card, though it can handle up to 32 GB microSD card. Featuring a 5-megapixel camera with 3.2 inch Half-size Video Graphics Array (HVGA) display, powered with 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor, backing-up with a 1200mAh battery, just a little over 4 ounces. It also supports HSPA 7.2 Mbps technology, which on paper bids up to 7.2 Mbps downstream. The Aria also integrates Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and assisted GPS.
At the very first look you can say, Aria is a solid designed phone. It’s a single block, molded in aluminum body, unlined smooth surface. HTC Aria design makes it unique and different from other Smartphone. Rubberized, in rear-side makes it soft and firm in hold, there are four holes in each corner which gives this Smartphone a elegant look.
When it comes to hardware section it is complete in itself wide display, good battery back-up, fine processor with good speed and a high resolution camera. The only thing lacked in phone is camera flash. This time, HTC switch to an optical track pad rather than trackball pointing devices that HTC used usual in its most Smartphone’s, just like new BlackBerry’s RIM. A 3.5 mm standard headphone jack is located and beside it power button as well. At bottom the Micro-USB slot, which is used for both charging plus data transfer.
HTC Sense is one of the coolest features, for example one can tap and drag a block of text. It’s a super cool and very user friendly Smartphone, all-touch. There are 50,000 apps to use for music, Wi-Fi and from other use.
FriendStream application is another new thing, using it one can access social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, without actually going to site. It allows you to view what’s your friend status, can share links and pictures. Beside this phone also offers new HTC’s Peep, it’s a twitter app and also HTC’s Footprints, it’s a photo-geotagging app.
This fully loaded HTC Aria Smartphone will be available at just $129.99(after mail-in-rebate) and requires a two-year agreement.
Interesting thing is it will be released on 20th June, just ahead of another AT&T release iPhone 4 Smartphone and providing an Android Smartphone with comparable features, can affect Apple and AT&T’s relationship. Thou, HTC Aria is a mid-level Android phone, and not as influential as HTC Evo or the Droid Incredible.