HTC Aria: AT&T’s Second Android Phone

Mobile operator AT&T might have the iPhone, but it’s playing catch-up with other carriers in the Android department: AT&T has just announced it’s second Android handset, the HTC Aria, will go on sale June 20, and where a lot of Android devices focus on processing power and screen real estate, the Aria aims to be tiny and functional.

“HTC Aria is the first of several smartphones in our Android portfolio to run the 2.1 platform,” said AT&T senior VP Jeff Bradley, in a statement. “When you combine the nation’s fastest 3G network, and access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network, HTC Aria will be one of the best Android smartphones available.”

The Aria is comparatively tiny for an Android phone, measuring a little over four inches long and weighing just a shade over 4 ounces. The Aria runs a 700MHz Qualcomm processor—not a 1 GHz Snapdragon that’s at the heart of high-end Android handsets but not slouch either—and features a 5 megapixel camera, microSD removable storage (it ships with a2 GB card but can handle up to 32 GB), and sports a 3.2-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display. The Aria also uses an optical mouse, rather than the trackball-type pointing devices that HTC used to ship on most of its smartphones. The Aria also features integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and assisted GPS.

The phone runs Android 2.1—no word on upgrades to Android 2.2—and features HTC’s Sense user interface. The phone runs on AT&T’s 3G networking, and supports HSPA 7.2 Mbps technology, which in theory offers up to 7.2 Mbps downstream.

The Aria will be available exclusively from AT&T beginning June 20; AT&T has not announced any pricing information.

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