HTC today has announced the arrival of HTC Aria, a new addition to its line up of Android devices. It was first revealed as an AT&T exclusive device in the US and now it has finally arrived in Malaysia. This joins the recent Android offering of HTC Wildfire, Legend and Desire.
The HTC Aria’s specification is quite identical with the slightly older HTC Legend. It features a 3.2″ touch screen with a decent 320×480 HVGA resolution but there’s no mention if it is using SLCD or AMOLED. It is also powered with a 600MHz processor, 512MB of ROM and 384MB of RAM. For expandable storage it comes with removable microSD slot. The HTC Aria comes bundled with a 2GB microSD in the box.
The rest of the bells and whistles are standard such as Internal GPS, G-Sensor, 5.0MP Camera, 3G with HSPA support up to 7.2Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP support. The OS installed is Android 2.1 Eclair with our favourite HTC Sense.
Strangely, the HTC Aria uses a smaller 1200mAh Lithium-Ion battery which is lower than the 1300mAh version used on the HTC Wildfire and Legend. So in a nutshell, this looks like a HTC Legend with a new design and a lower capacity battery.
The HTC Aria will retail at RM1799 at participating dealers and it will also be made available at DiGi Centres & Specialised stores in early September 2010. No bundling details have been revealed and we believe this will be similar to DiGi’s HTC Legend bundling on DG Smart Plan.
You can get more details on the HTC Aria here.
Check out photos, videos and press release after the jump
HTC Aria Video
HTC Aria demo by AT&T
POCKET-SIZED HTC ARIA DEBUTS IN ASIA PACIFIC
Malaysia – 18 August, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today introduced HTC Aria™. This pocket-sized dynamo packs a punch with a five megapixel camera, a bright 3.2 inch HVGA display, and offers users Android smartphone functionality in an amazingly easy-to-carry design.
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.
“Its unique combination of compact size and beautiful design instantly separates HTC Aria from the pack of ‘me-too’ smartphones,” said Jack Tong, vice president of HTC Asia Pacific. “But what really differentiates HTC Aria from other smartphones is the acclaimed HTC Sense experience. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC Aria organizes all of your communications in the most human way possible – by person.”
“DiGi is always exploring new ways to enrich our customer experience, and through our exclusive arrangement with HTC, we will be the first to offer this sleek and affordable Android handheld to all our customers. The HTC Aria will be perfect for those who are venturing into Android smartphones for the first time. Together with HTC and DiGi’s attractive smartphone packages, the HTC Aria will offer our customers a new experience of mobile connectivity in their lives,” said Loh Keh Jiat, DiGi’s Head of Product Marketing.
A full selection of the newest and most popular Google services can be accessed with HTC Aria. This includes Google search, Google Maps, Google Maps Navigation, Gmail, YouTube and more. With Android Market, customers can also choose from more than 70,000 applications to further personalize the mobile experience.
Along with being ultra-small at just over 10cm long and weighing a mere 115g (battery included), HTC Aria’s seamless wrap-around soft-touch back cover eliminates sharp edges, making HTC Aria exceptionally convenient to carry and comfortable to hold as well.
Pricing and Availability
The new HTC Aria is available at all authorized resellers at a suggested retail price of RM 1,799*. Availability at DiGi Centres and DiGi Specialised Stores will be in early September 2010. Standard retail HTC Aria package will come with a 2GB microSD™ card.
*All prices are subject to pricing policies of individual retailers