HTC Explorer – Release date announced
Want a smartphone, but can’t justify splashing the cash (or committing to the contract)? Enter the HTC Explorer low-cost smartphone.
The HTC Explorer is similar in spec and design to the popular HTC Wildfire, but intended to be significantly cheaper, around USD$200 according to some rumours.
Compared to the Wildfire the phone is designed with a slightly downgraded camera, but comes loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and HTC’s new Sense 3.5 UI. This version of Sense provides improved social networking tools and a refreshed interface.
Other features include a 3.2 inch, 480×320 screen, 600Mhz Qualcomm processor, 512Mb of memory, HSDPA 14.4 Mbps connectivity and a 3 Megapixel autofocus camera. The phone also comes with an external memory slot should you wish to cram it with your music or video collection. HTC aren’t scrimping with other the specs either; as you also get an FM radio, digital compass, accelerometer and Bluetooth 3.0.
In the UK, Mobilefun will sell the Explorer SIM free for £179.95 from 28th October (athough this price could come down). Currently no American release date has been announced, but the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Asia should see the phone sometime in late-October – mid-November. The Explorer will come in tasteful Metallic Black, Active Black and Metallic Purple. It will measure 103mm x 57mm x 13mm and weigh 108 grams (3.8 ounces).