HTC Gratia

HTC today announced the Gratia, a new handset destined for Europe. The Gratia is basically an Aria, but the international version. (check our Aria review)

Aside from having the same specs as the Aria, the Gratia will release with Android 2.2 and unfortunately not include the new HTC Sense. It offers Europeans a solid, mid-range Android device to compliment the higher end Desire lineup.

Find the official announcement from HTC after the break. [via Phandroid]

HTC LAUNCHES SLEEK AND COMPACT HTC GRATIA FOR EUROPEAN MARKETS
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.”
Availability
The HTC Gratia will be available through mobile operators and retailers across major European markets from November 2010.
About HTC
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

 
There are 7 comments

Samblackjack says:

Does this mean that Android 2.2 for Aria won't be far behind? One can only hope.

ls377 says:

It should be, since this is the same phone except for the color. Still have to wait on AT&T though, so who knows.

Jonneh says:

And it's white?
Or is a white Aria already released in the US so it's not a big deal? Maybe I missed it.

Samblackjack says:

Nope, no white Aria.

Jonneh says:

Aha, I was right!
Then, the trade off for having no "new Sense" is a white color, lol.

Smalls says:

It's not like everybody wants a white smartphone... Am I right?

Oh wait, the iPhone 4 seems to be in that same boat.

Smalls says:

Awesome, so I would expect Froyo to launch on the Aria pretty soon. I know I wouldn't be getting all excited about it, but since I am on Alltel and merging to AT&T and I have the HTC Hero (Awesome phone if you use any ROM but the Stock ROM) I am getting the Aria for free.