Android’s Mass Assualt Begins – HTC’s Cost Friendly ‘Tattoo’ Announced
Do you hear that sound?Â That would be the Android floodgates opening up.Â Â 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.Â That is, with one notable exception – It will be free.Â 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.Â 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.Â Of particular note is the FM radio.Â This is the first Android handset to sport one of those!
|Processor||QualcommMSM7225 , 528 MHz|
|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|
(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)
|Device Control||4-Way navigation control with Enter button|
|GPS||Internal GPS antenna|
2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets|
Wi-Fi : IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSB (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 MediaVideo 9|
|Battery||Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1100 mAh
(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)
|Expansion Slot||microSDmemory card (SD 2.0 compatible)|
|AC Adapter||Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A