HTC Explorer – the cheapest smartphone HTC has ever produced

• 01/10/2011

HTC has revealed another Android smartphone, this one being the cheapest the company has ever produced.

The HTC Explorer – which you might think is a Windows Phone 7 device going by the name – brings what the firm calls an “advanced smartphone experience” to those taking their first step on the smartphone ladder.

It’s compact with a curved design, and comes with the Sense UI on top of Android 2.3.

In terms of the spec, the Explorer has a 3.2 inch HVGA touchscreen, a 3 megapixel camera and a 600MHz processor, so you can see how a budget price has been achieved.

Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales and marketing at HTC, said: “HTC Explorer is an easy-to-use smartphone that puts the customer in control, providing quick access to their most important content and information.”

HTC notes that even though the screen is compact, the HVGA display should allow the user to run the vast majority of apps in the Android Market.

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The phone also boasts smart URL prediction, which gives quick access to the top 100 most-used websites. Automatic URL correction ensures that you’ll still arrive at your intended web destination should you miss-step tapping out one letter.

The device facilitates access to multiple work and personal email accounts, and allows the user to combine different calendars into a single view, with appointments displayed in different colours to mark them out clearly from each other.

So exactly how cheap is this budget Android? HTC hasn’t officially confirmed the price, but it’s expected to be markedly less than the cheaper-end Wildfire. According to the Register, the tag will be a bargain basement £100 or so.

The Explorer will be available at some point before the end of the year.

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