HTC Gratia Goes On Sale In February

HTC is to release the Android-based Gratia - which is known in the US as the HTC Aria - in the UK from February 2011 and is it likely to replace the HTC Wildfire in Britain.

The phone comes with a 3.2-inch touchscreen with a HVGA resolution. It is powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm processor and will come with Android 2.2 (although HTC's website says Eclair) topped with HTC's own Sense user interface.

It also packs 384MB RAM and 512MB of onboard storage, a slew of sensors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 5-megapixel color camera with AF but no flash, GPS, a 1200mAh battery and an FM radio.

With a thickness of 11.7mm and a weight of 115g, the HTC Gratia is chunkier than the iPhone 4 but is also marginally lighter. Unlike Apple's smartphone, it will be available in white with "a seamless, rubberised and bevelled back cover that opens to show a vibrant yellow inner chassis".

Unfortunately, it will not be waterproof like the Motorola Defy, which has the same outside finish. However, the Defy doesn't come with the HTCSense.com feature. There's also a nifty application called Friend Stream on the HTC, which brings together all your social networking activities.

Expect the phone to be available from a number of mobile phone operators in the UK by the end of next month as they clear stocks of the HTC Wildfire.