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HTC announces new budget Android handset

Taiwanese based mobile phone manufacturer High Tech Computer Corporation has unveiled the HTC Gratia, a budget Android phone running from version 2.2 of the Google OS.

The HTC Gratia is the European moniker of the American HTC Aria handset, which was launched back in August with the older Android 'Cupcake' 2.1 version and has a similar look to the Windows Phone HTC HD mini.

The HTC Gratia arrives with a 3.2-inch touch screen, with a 5 megapixel camera running Android 'Froyo' 2.2 with the HTC Sense overlay and the social networking FriendStream application.

There's only 384MB of onboard storage, although there's a microSD card built in for expandability - which is much more than can be said about the current spate of Windows Phone 7 handsets.

This mobile sits just above the previous budget HTC Wildfire mobile, with a faster 600Mhz processor and a higher screen resolution of 320x480 - as compared to 320x240. The HTC Wildfire does tip up with a built in FM Radio, which is missing from the Gratia although there's a high 3G upload speed of 2Mbps - where the older mobile is only capable of 384kbps.

The HTC Gratia will be available from mobile networks in November, on both contracts and One Mobile Ring believes SIM free too - but no costs have been confirmed nor have any mobile phone networks been mentioned either.

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