The latest phone from HTC's ever growing range has just been announced. It's called the Explorer and is its most affordable handset yet, aimed at first-time smartphone users.
Powered by the latest Gingerbread version of Android and skinned with HTC's Sense interface, we've been promised 'sharp graphics and vibrant animations' but with a 480x320 display, it's not going to be Retina quality but handsome enough for the price range. The compact chassis features a three-megapixel camera, also capable of shooting 720x480 video. Underneath, you'll find 512MB of memory and a 600MHz processor but remember, this is entry-level hardware so you won't be launching rockets with it.
The handset looks tidy enough, with contoured edges, a textured back and the familiar Android shortcuts beneath the display. HTC has also promised a range of interchangeable covers for the Explorer so you can change the colour of the device if that's your bag. The phone will also ship with a data monitor app preinstalled – handy for keeping tabs on your pay-as-you-go data usage if you're a newbie to smartphones.
Prices for the HTC Explorer haven't been set yet (we'd estimate somewhere around the £120 mark) and we're still waiting for an exact release date, but it should be any day now...