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HTC To Debut Two Entry Level Android Handsets

HTC will launch two new entry-level smartphones in partnership with China Mobile, one of the country's largest mobile phone operators.

The first of them, the A3360 (opens in new tab), comes with a ST Ericsson T6719 SoC clocked at 416MHz with 384MB RAM and 512MB ROM. It won't come with Wi-Fi or GPS but will come with a front facing and a rear camera without flash.

The A3380 (known as Tianyi (opens in new tab)) is a notch higher than the A3360; it will come with Wi-Fi and GPS and will have a physical trackball rather than an optical one.

Both will be powered by Android 2.2 and will come with a 2.8-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen. They are both set to replace the HTC Wildfire at the lower end of the market

It looks as if HTC is starting to feel the heat of the competition - ZTE, GFiveMobile, Huawei - at entry-level and has decided to tackle it head on with cheaper handsets.

But the fact that the HTC Gratia has launched in the UK makes it highly likely that either handset will ever land here via the usual routes.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.