It’s something of a rarity for a phone to be officially announced today without being spotted in blurry pictures several times before then, but that’s the case for the HTC Gratia. This latest smartphone from the prolific manufacturer seems to be a rest-of-the-world version of the HTC Aria, as seen in the USA.
The Gratia is a mid-range Android phone with the following key features:
- A 3.2″ touchscreen.
- Google Android 2.2.
- A 600MHz processor.
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus.
- GPS and a digital compass.
Additionally, the Gratia has 3G and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1, a microSD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone socket. HTC have placed Sense over the Android OS, bringing all the usual UI benefits and social connectivity bonuses with it, but not the latest improvements seen on the Desire HD and Desire Z, or those associated with HTCsense.com.
Still, it’s good to see the latest version of Android being used, plus the phone is thin – at 11.7mm – and just 115 grams, making it one of the more compact handsets HTC have released recently. The design looks to be identical to the Aria, with an optical trackpad below the 320 x 480 pixel touchscreen and those unusual exposed security screw heads on the rear panel.
The HTC Gratia is expected to go on sale during November throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, when you’ll be able to choose between a black, white or forest green colour scheme.