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, 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) 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.