According to TP's valued insider, HTC Philippines is already set to officially announce HTC Rhyme sometime next week.
If it's your first time to see this phone, HTC Rhyme is a midrange full-touchscreen Android handset from the Taiwanese company. It comes replete with an aluminum unibody enclosure (similar to that of HTC Desire HD and my favorite - HTC Legend), a 3.7-inch S-LCD display, 4 GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card slot that supports up to 32 GB, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB port, 5 megapixel 28mm f/2.2 camera with auto focus and LED flash, HD 720p video recorder with torch light, and Wifi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity support.
Software-wise, the handset runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS out of the box with its 1 GHz Scorpion Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset CPU. The operating system is skinned by the easy-to-use and sleek HTC Sense 3.5 user interface.
But what makes HTC Rhyme really special is the number of cool accessories that come with the package. HTC Rhyme owners get a speaker dock, tangle-free headphones, and a charm lighting up to serve as notification for missed calls and unread messages that I'm sure a lot of girls will find cute.
I've yet to receive the official SRP and release date details of this handset from HTC Philippines. But off hand, my guesstimate for its price tag is around Php 25,000. The phone should be available via authorized HTC retailers in time for your Holiday shopping.
To wrap this up, here are the complete technical specifications of HTC Rhyme:
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Dimensions||116.8 x 61 x 10.1 mm|
|Available Colors||Clearwater, Hourglass, Plum|
|Operating System||Android OS, v2.3.4 (Gingerbread)|
|Display||3.7 inches (~252 ppi pixel density) 480 x 800 pixels, S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||1 GHz Scorpion Adreno 205 GPU Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset|
|Camera||5 MegaPixels, 2592x1944 pixels with autofocus and LED flash, secondary camera - VGA|
|Video Capture||HD 720p|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP3/AAC+/WAV player, MP4/H.263/H.264 player|
|Ports||microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100|
|Memory||4 GB storage, 768 MB RAM, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB, ships with 8GB card in some territories|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity|
|Battery||Li-Ion 1600 mAh|
|Value-Added Features||Google Services Suite, HTC Sense UI 3.5, Light-up Charm Indicator accessory, SNS Integration|
|Announcement||December 2011 in the Philippines|
|Price||TP Guesstimate - Php 25,000|