HTC Rhyme is an O2 exclusive

When we featured the launch of the HTC Rhyme yesterday, a few vital details were missing, all revolving around availability in the UK. Well, good ol' Twitter has just filled in most of those gaps.

The O2 Twitter feed is the specific source, which offers up two of the most important details: 'Breaking news - we’ll be the only UK network to have the just announced HTC Rhyme! When can you get your hands on one? From 17 Oct!'

So October 17 is the day for HTC's attempt at a fashion phone and O2 the sole network. No word on price as yet, expect that to follow in the next week or so - it is only just over three weeks before that launch date, after all. We're honestly not sure how the pricing will go. But we suspect that the fashionable add-ons to go with it will almost certainly ramp up the price in line with any of the high-end models.

Not that the HTC Rhyme is a low-end phone. It's not a dual-core model though, packing just a single-core 1GHz processor, but it has plenty of features and its own unique style, especially if you go for a 'plum' finish (available alongside white and khaki).

In terms of specific features, this Android 2.3 smartphone has a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, 768MB RAM and a five-megapixel camera with auto-focus and power LED flash. The HTC Sense interface has been tweaked too, making it easy to check out appointments, photos and social updates, as well as accessing the camera.

So on the face of it, we should be talking mid-range, perhaps around the £30 mark if you want the free phone, for the HTC Rhyme. Those accessories, which really are half the story here, are likely to be less-than-cheap though. If you missed it yesterday, they include a Docking Station that doubles up as an alarm clock and music player, along with headphones, sports armband, Bluetooth car speaker, Bluetooth headset and the Charm, a light-emitting cube that glows when you have a missed call or text. More on all of them here.

When the prices are confirmed, we'll let you know. In the meantime, if you want to be at the front of the queue, you can always give O2 a call or drop the company an email.

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