HTC Aria

AT&T this morning on YouTube and Facebook officially outed the HTC Aria, an Android 2.1 device with a 3.2-inch screen at 320x480 resolution . Codenamed the Liberty and actually outed by AT&T last week, the mid-level Aria runs the full HTC Sense user interface, has a 5MP camera and comes with a 2GB microSD card.

Full specs are:

  • Qualcomm MSM7227 processor at 600MHz
  • Android 2.1 with HTC Sense.
  • 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen at 320x480.
  • 512MB ROM/384MB RAM
  • 2GB microSD card included.
  • Dimensions 4.1 by 2.3 by 0.46 inches.
  • Weight (with battery): 3.8 ounces.
  • Battery: 1200mAh. (Talk time rated at  up to 6 hours, standby up to 15.5 days)
  • Quadband EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), dual band HSPA (850/1900).
  • 5MP camera.
  • Digital compass.
  • aGPS.

The Aria will be available in AT&T stores starting June 20, for $129 after contract and $100 rebate. Full presser, video and a couple more pics after the break. [Facebook, YouTube]

POCKET-SIZED HTC ARIA TO PREMIERE ON NATION’S FASTEST 3G NETWORK

 

Android 2.1 & HTC Sense™ Experience Combined With 7.2 HSPA Speeds Offers Exceptional Mobile Broadband Performance

 

DALLAS and BELLEVUE, Wash. – June 14, 2010 – AT&T* and HTC Corporation (“HTC”) today announced that HTC Aria™, a rich and powerful addition to AT&T’s Android smartphone portfolio, will be available exclusively at AT&T beginning June 20.  Pocket-sized and packing the power of the Android 2.1 platform, a five megapixel camera and a bright 3.2 inch HVGA display, HTC Aria offers AT&T customers Android smartphone functionality in an amazingly easy-to-carry design. The combination of 3G speed, a responsive capacitive touch screen and an optical joystick makes HTC Aria an ideal smartphone for mobile broadband.

AT&T HTC AriaHTC Aria is Wi-Fi capable and qualifying customers will receive access to AT&T Wi-Fi, with more than 20,000 hotspots across the U.S.  In addition, HTC Aria is compatible with AT&T’s High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 Mbps technology.  This technology provides a considerable boost to 3G speeds when combined with expanded backhaul. The combination of faster wireless networks, smartphones like HTC Aria, and tens of thousands of available innovative mobile apps allows AT&T customers to mobilize virtually everything, from video and music, to social networking, to business applications.

“HTC Aria is the first of several smartphones in our Android portfolio to run the 2.1 platform,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “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.”

HTC Aria features the acclaimed HTC Sense experience, which automatically delivers the most-wanted information by bringing it to the forefront of the mobile experience.  Featuring the latest version of HTC Sense, HTC Aria offers even more ways to stay connected, including Friend Stream, which delivers Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates in a single, consolidated view.

HTC AT&T Aria"Its unique combination of compact size and beautiful design instantly separates HTC Aria from the pack of ‘me-too’ smartphones,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. “But what really differentiates HTC Aria from other smartphones is the acclaimed HTC Sense experience, which we are pleased to be bringing to AT&T customers. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC Aria organizes all of your communications in the most human way possible – by person.”

A full selection of the newest and most popular Google services can be accessed with HTC Aria. This includes Google search, Google Maps, Google Navigation, Gmail, YouTube and more. With Android Market, customers can also choose from more than 50,000 applications to further personalize the mobile experience.

Along with being ultra-small at just over 4 inches long and weighing a mere 4.05 ounces, HTC Aria’s seamless wrap-around soft-touch back cover eliminates sharp edges, making HTC Aria exceptionally convenient to carry and comfortable to hold as well.

Featuring the best selection of smartphones and OS, AT&T is ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among smartphone owners.  AT&T plans to expand its Android portfolio to include other Android smartphones during the second half of 2010.

Pricing and Availability

HTC Aria will be available on June 20 at AT&T retail locations nationwide or at http://www.att.com/wireless for $129.99 after $100 mail-in rebate (pay $229.99 and after mail-in rebate receive $100 AT&T Promotion Card.  Two-year agreement required and smartphone data plan required).

 

Reader comments

AT&T announces the HTC Aria

36 Comments

even though i love htc products....and this specific model look quite nice. Imma just overlook this one after seeing the spec and wait for the next flagship Android phone. Is At&T giving us mid-end android phone so the iphone can overpower it or something? Cuz it sure seems like it.

I really thought that this phone was supposed to have a slide out keyboard like in the FCC pics. Oh well.

My Nexus One is more powerful and is capable of working overseas, I am not sure I see why at&t even bothered with this model, it is old tech.

Dan

Because not everyone is willing to drop 600 bucks on a phone.

I have an N1 for myself on AT&T, but my wife doesn't need all that power. This is a great mid-range phone for her and the price is right (at contract).

This is actually the best Android phone AT&T has gotten, with the Backflip second. I know it's not saying much, but it is a start. This aria looks like it equals the Moto Droid pretty close when looking at the specs.

So much you don't know about things. The SoC in this phone is a full generation behind the Moto Droid as it is based on the ARM11 architecture and the Droid is Cortex A-8 based. The Droid in stock trim is about 100% to %150 as powerful as this unit depending on the task it is performing. Remember clock speed doesn't mean everything. The unit is the same as the HTC HD Mini, HTC Legend and pretty much the MyTouch Slide except the Slide only has 256 Meg RAM as opposed to the 384 Meg in this.

Obviously it doesn't hold up against the Droid Incredible and the Evo 4G. However, I will say that it appears to be a nice mid-level android phone. It's certainly better than that POS Backflip.

Well it is a mid-level phone, not bad, BackFlip should be flipped into the trash.

If this is stated as "mid-level" then later in the year we should hopefully see the Samsung S or equivalent.

Pricing and Availability
HTC Aria will be available on June 20 at AT&T retail locations nationwide or at http://www.att.com/wireless for $129.99 after $100 mail-in rebate (pay $229.99 and after mail-in rebate receive $100 AT&T Promotion Card. Two-year agreement required and smartphone data plan required).

http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=4800&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=30872

at least it's a start, of course it will be locked down like Fort Knox and loaded with ATT bloatware but hopefully the gurus at XDA will have it rooted quickly.

WOW, not only did they announce it, but it'll ACTUALLY BE AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY!!!!!!!

I'm not sure this is the phone for me, but damn AT&T... FINALLY!

Pretty much an eris for atnt. good they have these available but not a super device. eris>incredible coming in july

What a lot of participants on this (and other Andriod forums) seem to forget is that 99% of the consuming public will view this phone as way more then what they need. Yes, as individuals who are really into Android and the various devices out on the market, we may view this as a "mid-level" device... but they won't. For the majority of consumers out there the Backflip, CLIQ, CLIQ XT and now this phone (as examples) offer more options then they will ever use or even know how to use. I am not sure my next door neighbor even understands what the concept of Rooting a device is. Heck, I am not sure he would ever go out to the Market and look for additional Themes or Ringtones for his phone.

So I think we need to look at these phones as the carriers do... they are put out there for sale based on the carriers demographic studies and preceived customer knowledge base. Not what the participants on the forums (which is an ultra small sample of their client base) has to say about this deivce or that device.

I have been using smartphones (mainly Blackberry) for years and 99% of these devices do way more then I ever required them to do. In other words, they are way overkill for my actual personal and business needs. Currently I have the new myTouch 3G Slide running 2.1 on a T-Mobile modified version of Sense. It is a wonderful device and works as quickly as the so called "high-end" EVO and Driod Incredible devices. As a matter of fact I handled the Incredible this weekend at Best Buy and was totally disapointed in how cheap it felt compared to the myTouch Slied. Yet it is considered a "high-end" unit. The Slide does more then I really need and is capable of way more then I will ever have it do. Just saying!!

ROTD - Rant of the Day

I'm going to buy this phone. Wait, no I'm not. If only because of the GD'd bait-and-switch pricing using their stupid "mail-in-rebate and get an AT&T card in the mail 3 months later"! I get that they count on people not following the explicit and laborious instructions properly to send in for the rebate (or forget to send it in at all) . But seriously, either sell the phone at $129 on contract, or flat-out tell people that this phone is going to cost them $229 for their first three months of use! Ok, I feel better now...rant over.

Besides, I really want to get my hands on Galaxy.

We might be able to get one of these phones through Best Buy or WalMart without having to do the whole rebate exercise.

I'm sorry Google/At&t, not good enough. Not with those specs for sure. Not after EVO. At&t needs a killer android, and this isn't it.

Sorry Google? Google has absolutely nothing to do with this. It is AT&T's failure through and through. AT&T is showing its' true colors and with the release of the HTC Legend... um I mean HTC Aria on their network basically stating that NOTHING with Android is going to be released on the high end because Uncle Steve said so. Plain and simple. The only high end smartphone that will be available on their network has been, is and will be the iPhone for the foreseeable future. If you want a high end Android handset go to one of the other carriers.

True that they may not allow a high-end Android phone on the market, but not true that they wont allow a high-end phone altogether. AT&T has the Touch Pro2 (HTC), but with weak Windows Mobile. Some may even consider the BB 9700 high-end.

One thing is for sure, AT&T wont release a high-end Android phone until that one fateful day when the iPhone will be on Verizon. Then they will need a competing Android model.

Yes, good point Darkseider.
iPhone is all Att has, they can't upset them.
Argh! It's really too bad. An Evo spec'd device would make a killing on Att.

Not only would it make a killing, it would put pressure on Uncle Steve.

Lets face it the iFonny fits for some people (not me) and the Evo for us Tech Freaks, but lets not allow Jobs to control our live ATT, don't be sissy, give your loyal customers (97% of american 3G, according to the commercials)what they want besides the iFonny.

Life is about choices, you like the iFonny ok, I want freedom, bring on Android to ATT or Big Red here I come.

"listen guys we want an android device, and we want it to be HTC. That's the manufacturer that's hot right now right? [looks around room] We also need it to be capable enough where people will think we're trying, but just boring enough where it won't even touch the iPhones hype."

- ATT

Sadly. I can imagine that exact conversation being real after seeing the craptacular Android handsets that have come from AT&T. Backflip and Legen.. I mean Aria.

This is going to have to be the phone I support on ATT, for now at least. It may be a little too slow and a little too small, but it sounds like AT&T may have finally listened to us and kept the whole unadulterated Sense UI, we'll have to wait to get our hands on it to be able to say for sure. (If I master the Sense UI, will that make me a 'Sensei?') ;-)

My wife's pretty pink WinMo phone is dying a slow Windows death, but I'm the one that's due an update, so I'm going to grab this up and learn the Sense UI so I can "market" it to her. Then when it comes time for her to upgrade in Dec, I can pass this one on to her (since I've already done all the 'heavy lifting' re: the phone account setups...) and I can jump on the best AT&T Android Alternative (AAA) at that time! Win, Win! (and no Windows!)

I would love a phone this size, but I'm doubtful anyone can produce one that doesn't sacrifice processing power or screen resolution at this point without giving up too much battery. And after making the mistake of buying a HTC Diamond based on the size I won't be making that mistake again.