HTC Rhyme Release Date and Photos

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Posted by Bryan Hunter on 22nd September 2011

This week HTC announced a phone aimed primarily at the female market. Known as the HTC Rhyme, the prolific phone maker thankfully departs from the traditional pink colouring: the Rhyme is available in Plum (pictured) and Clearwater (a light goldish colour).

HTC RhymeThe Rhyme, which was formerly called the HTC Bliss, was launched on Tuesday at a swanky event inside the High Line Stages – a warehouse studio space in New York’s Meatpacking district. The event, complete with fluffy rugs and comfy sofas, attracted plenty of media attention when it was announced that HTC would be launching a device aimed at the ‘lifestyle market’. HTC, who teamed up with Verizon for the launch, have actually avoided referring to the female market, but we’ll leave it to you to draw your own conclusions from the following.

The phone will run on Android 2.3, and will use the latest version of HTC’s familiar Sense user interface. Sense UI 3.5 has been subtly tweaked however to give a more refined and polished look to the homescreens and Apps screen. For example the usual HTC homescreen clock has been made to look more elegant and less dominating. Also, widgets and homescreen transitions have been redesigned to give the phone a sleeker, sexier feel. The user can also remove homescreens should they not require all seven of them. Other features include a new camera application which includes automatic face detection, and the app will allow automatic uploading of photos to your Facebook account.

If you’re wondering what separates this smartphone from the rest (apart from not being black or grey), then wonder no more. The phone will ship with a charging dock which will allow the phone to sit conveniently angled; great for a bedside clock / alarm arrangement. Also included are very useful ‘tangle-free’ headphones which will match the colour of the phone. HTC have gone a step further however and designed a neat little purple cube that they call a Charm. The cube plugs in to the headphone jack and when you receive a call or text it will glow. The idea is that when your phone is in your handbag (or man bag perhaps), you can keep an eye on the cube to check for alerts.

HTC Rhyme Accessories

In terms of specs, the gorgeous looking phone has a 3.7 inch Super LCD screen, 1Ghz Snapdragon processor and 768Mb RAM. More specs include a removable SDCard, however the battery is not removable. It is 1600Mha however, which is more than enough to power the phone’s processor and screen combination for a full day. In the camera department it includes a front facing VGA camera and a rear facing 5 megapixel camera complete with LED flash.

The phone will be available from 29th September in the US, available exclusively through Verizon. The price point will be $199.99 for a 2 year contract and that does include all the accessories. Other markets will follow after the US launch.

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Written by: Bryan Hunter
Bryan is the founder of Phone Tips and Tricks which provides hundreds of tips, tricks and guides for smartphone users. While he isn't updating the website and blogging about phone related news, he will usually be found tinkering on his own wonder gadget.

Discuss this post:
  • Kaushik

    without the contract what wud be the price?

  • apparently its going on sale in the UK for £390 which is about USD$600 without contract

  • Yourmom

    The phone is $439.00 in the US

  • Thanks for that Yourmom

  • Duhnobrainer77

    can you just have the cube?

  • sure, but it would be an expensive cube

  • nick

    when does it actually get released in the uk?

  • 17th Oct I believe

  • Rebecca_dibernardo

    Does the cube work with any phone?

  • I’ve looked into this Rebecca and I can’t find any information. If
    you’re really stuck for an answer, it might be best to drop HTC an
    email.

  • Julie M55

    Does anyone know when it will be released in Canada?

  • To my knowledge there is no Canadian release date. Perhaps others know more however

  • Sarahanneknutson

    does the charm, docking station, and headphones come with the phone?

  • Yes, it all comes included with the phone

  • Waiying901

    Does anyone know when it will be released in Malaysia?

  • cool chicks96

    how many home screens does it have?

  • thika

    when it available in indonesia??

  • No Indonesian release date as far as I know…

  • 7 to start with, but you can remove some of them

  • Sanjana0287

    Any idea wen it ll be released in india? :)

  • Sasha Sanvido

    anyone have an idea of the release date in canada yet?

  • Nothing announced as far as I know

  • Nothing announced yet sorry