HTC officially announces the Rhyme for Verizon, Europe, Asia

And here it is, folks: the HTC Rhyme (aka the Bliss). Coming to Verizon on Sept. 22, the 3.7-inch smartphone has Android 2.3, a 3.7-inch WVGA (480x800) display and a 5MP camera, along with the latest version of HTC Sense, seen only in leaks until now. It's also got a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 768MB of RAM.

The real story, of course, are the accessories. There's the plugless dock (the trio of gold contacts is a telltale that you just place the phone in it), a glowing "charm cable" that plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack, a sports armband and a Bluetooth headset. Note that the tangle-free earbuds are NOT of the Beats Audio variety.

The Rhyme -- which will cost $199 for all that purple goodness -- will be hitting Europe and Asia next month as well.

We're at HTC's event now -- hands-on impressions coming up.

Phil Nickinson
  • why don't you announce the update for the thunderbolt
  • that is what i am saying lol but really why is this phone in purple
  • It also comes with a couple tampons
  • i think my wife just found a replacement for the OG Droid. the rumors are $50 w/ a 2 year contract. have to admit that is a steal for a phone with those specs and all those accessories. not going to appeal to everyone, but most women for sure will love this phone and that price tag.
  • $199
  • is that official? i'm not following the press event, was that announced? i know it says that in the article above, but i have also read $50 on other forums. just wondering if anything is 100% official.
  • Engadget has it at $199 also.
  • Well how much would a typical Android phone plus dock run? I don't think the price is out of line. Wish my Dinc came with a dock, y'know like the one they announced when the phone came out but never appeared?
  • This is a fu*king joke right?
  • how dare they make something that might appeal to someone other than yourself! HTC should be ashamed.
  • Uh, what is a "glowing charm cable"?
  • "Honey, I can't find my phone!?" "Look for the glow then follow the cable" "oh, got it thank goodness for my glowing charm cable! "
  • it glows when you have a notification, women can let it hang out of ther purse and men can let it hang out of there fanny packs...
  • That new Sense UI looks just like the old Blackberry Zen UI that came on my Pearl in 2005.
  • I love that the headline is worded as if Verizon was a country/continent. "Coming soon to North America, Antartica and Apple."
  • I can't wait to see how Verizon markets this with scary "Droid" sounds, mechanical robot arms, and flying lightning bolts.