HTC launch its new Explorer smartphone

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...

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