HTC Smart revealed, runs dumbphone OS


Remember the HTC Touch.B, the slick Touch2 lookalike that surfaced last month? The one running that nifty, minimalist interface over Qualcomm’s BREW operating system? Well, it looks like it’s finally ready for primetime with a brand-new (if not the most accurate) moniker.

The HTC Smart is gunning for the budget-minded phone nerd, and for a lower-end phone, it brings a decent amount of oomph to the table. WiFi is noticeably absent, as is video recording, but Bluetooth 2.0 and 3G support isn’t too shabby. The original Zune-esque interface, which was noticeably slow last time we saw it, has been replaced by HTC’s now classic Sense UI. This could be a bit of an issue – if the spec sheet leaked back in December was accurate, then the Smart’s 300 MHz processor is slower than its earlier variant. How fluidly the Smart will handle the Sense UI and all its eye candy is still up in the air, but we’re hoping for the best. The whole package is rounded out with a 2.8-inch QVG display, 256 MB of onboard memory, and a 3 MP fixed focus camera with flash.

Full press release can be found after the jump, if you’re in to that sort of thing.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ — Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — HTC Corporation, a global smartphone designer, today unveiled HTC Smart(TM), a new type of smartphone that creates a new category of easy-to-use, connected smartphones that are accessible by people all over the world. The HTC Smart will be available this spring across Europe and Asia.

“HTC has always focused on listening to customers and setting the stage for new mobile categories, and HTC Smart is the response to customer demand around the world for an easier-to-use, affordable smartphone,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation. “Just adding a touch interface doesn’t mean a phone is a smartphone. The integration of HTC Sense brings an unparalleled smartphone experience for people looking to do more on their phone.”

Bringing HTC Sense to the Masses

HTC Smart begins with a friendly, compact touch design and integrates an intuitive user experience that is centered around HTC Sense(TM), an HTC design philosophy that puts people at the center by focusing on three core areas: Make It Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected. HTC Smart enables personal customization of each person’s own phone experience. It also provides a quick and easy way to see what friends are up to via various social networks as well as quickly communicating over the phone, through text messaging or e-mail.

“HTC Smart breaks new ground in delivering the powerful, in-demand smartphone features that consumers want on a more accessible device for global markets,” said Paul Jacobs, chief executive officer, Qualcomm Incorporated. “We are pleased to be supporting HTC as they utilize the capabilities of Qualcomm’s Brew Mobile Platform open operating system to offer high-end capabilities and a compelling mobile user experience at mass-market price points.”

Qualcomm Brew Mobile Platform (Brew MP)

HTC Smart utilizes Qualcomm’s Brew MP, a popular mobile operating system that enables smartphone devices to be offered at more aggressive price points, providing HTC with the flexibility to deliver smartphone features on devices across multiple tiers.

About HTC

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