September 2, 2014

Android's Mass Assualt Begins - HTC's Cost Friendly 'Tattoo' Announced

htc_tattoo_large_03Do you hear that sound?  That would be the Android floodgates opening up.   Not only have HTC announced yet another Android handset, but this is the budget-friendly model expected to bring it to the masses.

The second phone to carry HTC’s Sense UI, the Tattoo offers specs very similar to the phones we’ve seen so far.  That is, with one notable exception – It will be free.  It’s not known which carrier will be offering the Tattoo, but according to our email, the “HTC Tattoo will be available in Europe first at the beginning of October, and will roll out in markets around the world in the following months…will be available from free on contract (details according to operator).

If the name “Tattoo” doesn’t ring any bells, it’s probably because it was known as the Click for most of it’s pre-announcement life.  We’re hoping the specs in this cost-friendly handset indicate that HTC is ready to move forward with much more powerful stuff.

Fun stuff : HTC’s website for the Tattoo shows a one getting “inked” on the back for personalization. Looks like another customizable phone a la the myTouch 3G.

Here are the official specs to the HTC Tattoo.  Of particular note is the FM radio.  This is the first Android handset to sport one of those!

Processor Qualcomm® MSM7225™, 528 MHz
Platform Androidâ„¢
Memory ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 256 MB
Dimensions (LxWxT) 106 x 55.2 x 14 mm ( 4.17 x 2.17 x 0.55 inches)
Weight 113 grams ( 3.99 ounces) with battery
Display 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 240×320 QVGA resolution
Network HSPA/WCDMA:

  • Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
  • Up to 384 kbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Device Control 4-Way navigation control with Enter button
GPS Internal GPS antenna
Connectivity Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSBâ„¢ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0)
3.5 mm audio jack
Camera 3.2 megapixel color camera
Audio supported formats MP3, AAC(AAC, AAC+, AAC-LC), AMR-NB, WAV, MIDI and Windows Media Audio 9
Video supported formats MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and Windows Media® Video 9
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1100 mAh
Talk time:

  • Up to 342 minutes for WCDMA
  • Up to 390 minutes for GSM

Standby time:

  • Up to 520 hours for WCDMA
  • Up to 340 hours for GSM

(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)

Expansion Slot microSDâ„¢ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
AC Adapter Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A
Special Features G-sensor
Digital Compass
FM Radio