HTC Gratia launches

HTC has been a very busy bee. Hot on the heels of its new five-strong Windows Phone 7 smartphones comes the Gratia, an Android device for that 'affordable' segment.


The Gratia is a Euro-version of the previously launched Aria and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo, the newest version with power features like tethering, voice control and voice navigation in Google Maps.


Despite its price tag (the US version  is going for $129, or about £81) the Gratia packs a decent set of mid-range specs, including a five-megapixel camera with flash, 3.2-inch touch-screen, 600Mhz processor, and support for HSPA and Wi-Fi internet. Previous HTC low-cost smartphones like the Wildfire and Tattoo have shown their price only through their lower-res, pixelated displays, and we suspect the Gratia will be the same with a 320x480 pixel display.


Like the rest of HTC's Android portfolio, the device comes with Sense, HTC's friendly, easy to use skin - though not the recently refreshed version, nor will it have access to the backup services on the new


The HTC Gratia will be available from November, in dark green, black and white. Price and tariff details TBC.

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