Details Of HTC Click Emerge; An Haier H7 Clone?

Click is another Android based mobile phone from Taiwanese manufacturer HTC, their fourth model, and one which is set to target the lower end of the market.

HTC has already released the Dream, Magic and the Hero and is set to increase production of Android mobile phones to more than 50 percent by 2010.

Regular readers will remember that Chinese manufacturer Haier unveiled a cheaper Android-based phone called the H7 which should cost around £90. The HTC Click is almost a perfect carbon copy of the H7 except for the trackball.

Snaps of the phone were obtained by The Click will apparently have a 3.5-mm headphone socket, 3G support, a digital camera, Android OS plus a button rather than a D-Pad.

Pocket-Lint also reports that input device specialist Synaptics will release a new touchscreen technology called the Clearpad 1000, which will target entry level smartphones - potentially a 2.8-inch model.

Given the focus of the phone, the smartphone will almost certainly come with a resistive touchscreen, not a capacitive one.

It is not known whether the HTC Click will be built using the Qualcomm BREW mobile platform. There are rumours that the phone will be available from T-Mobile and possibly other networks in the US at least from September or October.

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Our Comments

Bring this one on, the more the merrier, especially at the lower end of the spectrum. Given the fact that LG Cookie, Samsung Tocco Lite, the Nokia N79 and the 5800 Xpressmusic are currently amongst the most popular mobile phones, it does make sense to release more touchscreen models.

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