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!

ProcessorQualcomm® MSM7225™, 528 MHz
MemoryROM: 512 MB
RAM: 256 MB
Dimensions (LxWxT)106 x 55.2 x 14 mm ( 4.17 x 2.17 x 0.55 inches)
Weight113 grams ( 3.99 ounces) with battery
Display2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 240×320 QVGA resolution

  • 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 Control4-Way navigation control with Enter button
GPSInternal GPS antenna
ConnectivityBluetooth® 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
Camera3.2 megapixel color camera
Audio supported formatsMP3, AAC(AAC, AAC+, AAC-LC), AMR-NB, WAV, MIDI and Windows Media Audio 9
Video supported formatsMPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and Windows Media® Video 9
BatteryRechargeable 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 SlotmicroSDâ„¢ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
AC AdapterVoltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A
Special FeaturesG-sensor
Digital Compass
FM Radio
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