HTC Explorer

HTC shows off Explorer with new video

We've barely gotten a glimpse at HTC's budget-conscious Explorer, but the manufacturer seems keen on giving us a few more. They posted a new preview video on their YouTube channel yesterday, utilizing the "quietly brilliant" branding they've been employing for quite some time. The breezy video shows off the value smartphone's assets, and will probably be appearing on American commercial blocks sometime soon. The Explorer isn't going to end up at the top of any superphone lists any time soon, but then it isn't meant to. Sharing a lot of physical traits with the HTC Wildfire S and other budget phones, this little guy features a 3.2-inch screen with a diminutive 320 x 480 resolution and a depth of half an inch. The CPU is clocked at 600MHz, and even the 3 megapixel camera could fill up the 512 MB of internal memory quickly. Check out the official ad below: [youtube Q_adFhohQ94] What HTC's target customers are likely to care about is the software/interface, and on that front, the Explorer delivers. As shown in the video, the phone has the latest version of HTC Sense, 3.5, with all the spiffy widgets and animations that come with it. Underneath it's thankfully running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. For a more complete rundown of the specifications, check HTC's product page. HTC hasn't offered any availability or carrier info on the Explorer yet, though its 3G wireless bands match up with AT&T. Stay tuned.

HTC Explorer delivers Android on a budget

HTC has announced its latest Android smartphone, the HTC Explorer, targeted at entry-level users hoping to step up from their featurephone. Replacing the altogether underwhelming HTC Smart, only with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and HTC Sense 3.5 this time rather than BREW, the Explorer packs a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen, 600MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Connectivity includes 3G, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0, while there's a microUSB port and a microSD card slot to augment the minimal 483MB ROM. The 1,230 mAh battery is hidden behind a soft-touch, rubberized rear cover, initially available in black or blue though HTC tells us they'll have alternative colors soon. The camera is a mere 3-megapixel unit, further example of what HTC told us was a "focus on device expectations, not specifications" but what's really more likely to be the result of building to a strict budget. Pre-pay users and cash-short students are the expected audience, with HTC adding a "data monitor" app which can keep track of how much data, SMS and calls you've used. Unfortunately - for the user, at least, not the carrier - the app won't actually pop up and warn you when a limit is about to run out, you're expected to check it manually, and there's no homescreen widget at this stage. Otherwise the only app of note in the updated Sense 3.5 is "Best Deals", HTC's interpretation of the local deals market. Unfortunately we weren't able to test that in our pre-briefing with the Explorer. The HTC Explorer is expected to go on sale in Europe and Asia from October 2011. Pricing will depend on market. Update:¬†Vodafone UK tells us they'll be offering the Explorer, though still no word on how much. [gallery]  

HTC Explorer press shot revealed, HTC Sense 3.5 and more

HTC seems to have no plans on slowing down when it comes to hitting every aspect of the Android market. With top tier phones like the Sensation 4G, and low end phones like the pictured HTC Explorer. What we have here is the official press shot of the HTC Explorer, known previously and leaked as the HTC Pico. Along with a slight design change and some Sense UI 3.5 the Explorer aims to be a decent entry level smartphone.