According to folks over at CellPassion, the Taiwanese company's first BREW based handset - the HTC Smart - is all set to be launched in India by the end of this month.
The HTC Smart was earlier known as the Touch.B and was thought to be a "dumbphone", making it the first ever non-smartphone from HTC. HTC, as you might be aware, has only been known to produce Windows Mobile and Android OS based smartphones. The company however claims that instead of being just another dumbphone, the Smart can be called a smartphone for the masses. It was first seen at the recently concluded CES and comes with a decent spec-sheet, except for the fact that both Wi-Fi and GPS are missing.
Being the smartphone for the masses, it was only logical that the Smart should come to a country like India first where a mass-market phone has a lot of potential. HTC is reportedly planning to invest about $1 million for the Smart's launch in India. The HTC Smart is likely to be priced under the Rs. 10,000 barrier and might compete with the likes of the Corbys and the Cookies of the world. It also has in its sight the entry level Nokia touchscreen handset, the 5233.
After its launch in India, the phone will also head westwards towards Europe, most probably by early April.
Here's a brief run down on the specifications of the Smart:
- 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen display
- GSM and HSDPA connectivity
- Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
- 3.5mm headset jack
- 3MP camera with flash
- HTC ExtUSB (11-pin mini-USB 2.0)
- 300 MHz processor
- 256MB ROM and 256MB RAM
- MicroSD card support
- 1100 mAh battery
- 104 x 55 x 12.8 mm
- 108 grams