Last Wednesday, HTC launched three more smartphones in their lineup. The Taiwanese company launched two Android phones and one Windows Phone smartphone.
The Explorer is HTC’s latest entry-level smartphone. It has a 3.2” capacitive touchscreen display and a 3MP rear-facing camera. It is also the first phone in its category to have HVGA display with a resolution of 320×480. The small phone has a 600MHz processor running Google’s Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread) and the latest version of HTC UI, Sense 3.5.
The Sense 3.5 UI allows for a very visual experience with the Explorer. You get sharp graphics with vibrant animations, and a wide variety of widgets including an immersive weather widget. The new customizable lock screen the gives you real-time information and content such as your social updates, photos, and weather. It also gives you quick access to the camera so that you don’t need to unlock the screen to grab a photo.
Other features of the Explorer are an internal GPS antenna, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit, WiFi-N, and an expandable storage via microSD slot for up to 32GB. Internal storage is 512MB with up to 90MB of available storage.
The mid-ranged HTC Rhyme has been designed with the feminine users in mind.
“HTC Rhyme offers a smart, elegant unibody design in a fresh clearwater colour with every detail carefully crafted to deliver a unique sensory experience. The materials, the curves, and the dimensions are all designed to feel great in your hand, without sacrificing advanced features.”
The Rhyme offers a beautiful 3.7” Super LCD display with high quality audio. The rear facing camera has a 5MP sensor with autofocus and a power LED flash. The Rhyme also includes face detection and even a panoramic mode by combining up to 5 shots. It also has a VGA front-facing camera.
Running the Rhyme is a 1GHz processor with 4GBs of storage. The smartphone uses Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and HTC Sense 3.5. Additional features are an internal GPS antenna, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, WiFi-N, and a slew of sensors.
Also, included when you purchase the HTC Rhyme is a dock station which turns your phone into an alarm clock and music station with its built-in Bluetooth speakers while charging the phone. Another accessory is the HTC Charm which discretely alerts you with its LED tip of any messages or incoming calls while the Rhyme is in your bag or pocket. The HTC Tangle Free Headphones offer excellent audio without the hassle of tangles when stashing the headphones in your bag.
Other optional accessories are the Rhyme Armband, Bluetooth Headset, and Bluetooth Car Speaker.
The HTC Radar is the sole Windows Phone offering at the launch. However, it is still one powerful smartphone with Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS. Take advantage of Windows Phone’s People Hub as the central destination to get updates on your friends wherever they are in your social web. The Radar also comes with the latest Mango update to the Windows Phone OS providing additional capabilities from previous Windows Phone smartphones.
As with all of Windows Phone smartphones, the Radar runs on a 1GHz Qualcomm processor. The 3.8” display of the Radar is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. It also has 8GB of storage, 512MB RAM, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, and WiFi-N.
The HTC smartphone has a 5MP rear-facing camera and a VGA front-facing camera. HTC is touting the rear-facing camera as it has an f/2.2 aperture lens and a back-illuminated sensor, both providing excellent low-light performance. The lens is also a 28mm wide-angle which gives you a larger area to capture more of the scene. Windows Phone also allows you to take gorgeous panoramic photos built-in to the OS. The camera is able to capture 720p HD videos as well.
The HTC Explorer, HTC Rhyme, and HTC Radar are already available for PhP11,900, PhP25,000, and PhP21,500 respectively.