October 31, 2014

HTC Unveils New Brew-Based Phone Running Sense (UPDATE)

While a little bit off-topic, we felt compared to share this bit of news with our readers.  The rumors of HTC putting out their own handset running Brew have come to fruition.  We just received an email from HTC’s PR company advising of the newly announced HTC Smart, a new type of smartphone running Qualcomm’s Brew MP platform.  

Available this spring across Europe and Asia, the phone runs the company’s Sense UI and allows for the same customization that Android and Windows Mobile handsets allow.

“HTC Smart breaks new ground in delivering the powerful, in-demand smartphone features that consumers want on a more accessible device for global markets,” said Paul Jacobs, chief executive officer, Qualcomm Incorporated. “We are pleased to be supporting HTC as they utilize the capabilities of Qualcomm’s Brew Mobile Platform open operating system to offer high-end capabilities and a compelling mobile user experience at mass-market price points.”

The list of specs, carriers, and pricing hasn’t been passed along to us yet, nor were we able to dig them up anywhere.  If you come across them, please be sure to let us know. UPDATE: Here’s the official page over on HTC for the Smart.  Basic specs include a 300MHz chip, 256MB memory, and a 3mp camera. Thanks @CurtisWyffels!

What’s your take on HTC getting into the handset business in this manner?  Do you care either way?