HTC Goes Off-Piste With Forest Green Gratia Android Phone

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Have you ever seen an Android like this before? Unfortunately it's only destined for Europe, and while the specs aren't quite as high as HTC's recent Androids, it's running Froyo and comes in three delicious colors.

Really, it's no contest though—that forest green is just too nice for words. I'd love to see them roll that colorway out across some of their other models, like the Desire range, if possible.

The Gratia has a 3.2-inch 320 x 480 display, and will include a 600Mhz processor, 512MB ROM and 384MB RAM, and has a 5MP camera on the back, with a VGA cam lurking on the front there. It's got all the usual features too, such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a g-sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and microSD card slot. It weighs 115 grams, and measures 103.8 x 57.7 x 11.7 mm. It'll be on sale in November, across Europe.



LONDON, UK – 18 October, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announced the European launch of HTC Gratia, a rich and elegant addition to Android's smartphone portfolio.

Combining style and functionality, the sleek and compact HTC Gratia features a seamless wrap-around soft-cover that eliminates hard edges and a five megapixel colour camera with auto focus. At just over four inches in length and weighing 4.06 ounces, it packs power thanks to Android 2.2 – the latest version of Android.

HTC Gratia also embodies the acclaimed HTC Sense™ experience, which places you at the centre, by making your phone work in a more personal and natural way, while providing unexpected features that put a smile on your face. It also offers you more ways to stay connected with Friend Stream – an application that brings all of your Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates into a single, organized flow of updates – making keeping in touch with friends on social networks even easier.

"HTC's mantra is to provide a unique mix of experience and choice to people using our phones," said Florian Seiche, President of HTC Europe, Middle East and Africa. "HTC Gratia offers something completely different. Its compact size, beautiful design and power with Android 2.2, combined with its personalised experience through HTC Sense, is uniquely compelling. We can't wait to bring HTC Gratia to our customers in Europe."

The HTC Gratia will be available through mobile operators and retailers across major European markets from November 2010.

HTC Gratia Specifications

· 600 MHz

Operating System
Android™ 2.2 with HTC Senseä

· ROM: 512 MB
· RAM: 384 MB

103.8 x 57.7 x 11.7 mm (4.09 x 2.27 x 0.46 inches)

115 grams (4.06 ounces) with battery

3.2-inch touch screen with 320 X 480 resolution

· HSPA/WCDMA (900/2100 MHz)
· Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

Onscreen navigation
Optical trackball

Digital compass
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor

Bluetooth® 2.1 with A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)

5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus
VGA (640 x 480) resolution

Expansion slot
microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)

Special Features
Friend Stream