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HTC To Launch Aria Android Smartphone On AT&T

Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC may be readying the Aria, yet another Android smartphone after the just announced Wildfire., one which is bound for the US market, at least for now.

Aria has been described by some as the smallest Android device and follows the recent trend by HTC of downsizing popular models. First the Desire was shrunk to become the Wildfire and now the Legend went through the same process to become the Aria.

Details are scarce but from what Androidguys (opens in new tab) has published, the device will come with Android 2.1 Eclair (rather than Froyo) with HTC's proprietary Sense UI plus a 5-megapixel camera with Flash.

Other goodies include a microUSB slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, an optical trackpad and a smallish (2.5 to 2.8-inch) screen which we suspect is the same as the Wildfire which means that it will display 240x320 pixels.

The phone is said to be unveiled next Monday, June 7th, which is the day when Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference starts and is the day when the iPhone 4G is expected to be launched.

Aria is likely to land in the UK in the second half of 2010 and will focus on the lower mid range of the market, facing the likes of the Nokia X6. Expect it to be available on £20 per month contracts at launch.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.