HTC just launched theÂ HTC Aria in Malaysia. This Android phone specification is between the entry level Wildfire and the high end Desire (almost alike HTC Legend), and will be available exclusively on DiGi beginning early September 2010. This phone comes with 3.2â€inch touchâ€sensitive screen with 320 X 480 HVGA resolution, running on 600MHz with 512MB ROM & 384MB RAM. Comparing to the HTC Legend, there are not much differences other than the AMOLED screen. Even the retail price is same at RM1799. And yes, it comes with 2GB only microSD card. Damn!
Press release as follows.
POCKET-SIZED HTC ARIA DEBUTS IN ASIA PACIFIC
Malaysia â€“ 18 August, 2010 â€“ HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today introduced HTC Ariaâ„¢. This pocket-sized dynamo packs a punch with a five megapixel camera, a bright 3.2 inch HVGA display, and offers users Android smartphone functionality in an amazingly easy-to-carry design.
HTC Aria features the acclaimed HTC Sense experience, which automatically delivers the most-wanted information by bringing it to the forefront of the mobile experience.Â Featuring the latest version of HTC Sense, HTC Aria offers even more ways to stay connected, including Friend Stream, which delivers Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates in a single, consolidated view.
â€œIts unique combination of compact size and beautiful design instantly separates HTC Aria from the pack of â€˜me-tooâ€™ smartphones,â€ said Jack Tong, vice president of HTC Asia Pacific. â€œBut what really differentiates HTC Aria from other smartphones is the acclaimed HTC Sense experience. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC Aria organizes all of your communications in the most human way possible â€“ by person.â€
â€œDiGi is always exploring new ways to enrich our customer experience, and through our exclusive arrangement with HTC, we will be the first to offer this sleek and affordable Android handheld to all our customers. The HTC Aria will be perfect for those who are venturing into Android smartphones for the first time. Together with HTC and DiGiâ€™s attractive smartphone packages, the HTC Aria will offer our customers a new experience of mobile connectivity in their lives,â€ said Loh Keh Jiat, DiGiâ€™s Head of Product Marketing.
A full selection of the newest and most popular Google services can be accessed with HTC Aria. This includes Google search, Google Maps, Google Maps Navigation, Gmail, YouTube and more. With Android Market, customers can also choose from more than 70,000 applications to further personalize the mobile experience.
Along with being ultra-small at just over 10cm long and weighing a mere 115g (battery included), HTC Ariaâ€™s seamless wrap-around soft-touch back cover eliminates sharp edges, making HTC Aria exceptionally convenient to carry and comfortable to hold as well.
Pricing and Availability
The new HTC Aria is available at all authorized resellers at a suggested retail price of RM 1,799*. Availability at DiGi Centres and DiGi Specialised Stores will be in early September 2010. Standard retail HTC Aria package will come with a 2GB microSDâ„¢ card.
*All prices are subject to pricing policies of individual retailers
As retail price is at RM1799, getting a 12 months contract from Digi might give you around RM400 – RM500 discount on the phone I think. Is this a good buy? Probably, if you think it’s better looking than the HTC Legend and the yellow background under the hood.