I think HTC Explorer is slightly more expensive than its seeming rival, Samsung Galaxy Y, for three reasons.
1. It has a bigger screen with higher resolution.
2. It has more RAM. You get 512 MB of RAM with HTC Explorer vs 290 MB with SGY.
3. It flaunts a higher resolution autofocus camera; 2 MegaPixels fixed focus with SGY, 3 MegaPixels autofocus with HTC Explorer
Read TechPinas' Complete Samsung Galaxy Y vs. HTC Explorer Specs Battle feature via the link.
Of course, we can quote other reasons -- like the amazing HTC Sense experience and that HTC handsets have always been on the premium side. But let's save those for another post, shall we?
As of writing, there are some stores in malls which sell SGY for around Php 6,000 to 6,500 (Yes, higher than the SRP because of high demand). On the other hand, you can get HTC Explorer from online stores like TP-favorite, WidgetCity, for Php 8,800.
For those who are curious about the handset and are wondering how it actually looks like in the flesh, here's a clip showing the hardware of the cutie, HTC Explorer:
Overall, it looks like a shrunk HTC Desire S. The back has a matte finish - like that of BB Curve 8520 - which helps prevent the phone from slipping from your hand.
To wrap this up in true TP fashion, here are the complete specs of HTC Explorer:
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Price Category||Entry Level|
|Dimensions||102.8 x 57.2 x 12.9 mm|
|Available Colors||Active Black, Metallic Navy, Active Navy, Metallic Black, Metallic Orange, Metallic Purple, White|
|Operating System||Android 2.3 Gingerbread|
|Display||3.2-inch, 320 x 480 pixels, TFT, capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors|
|Processor||600MHz Scorpion CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset|
|Camera||3.15 MegaPixels, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus|
|Video Capture||Yes, QVGA 15 frames per second (to be confirmed, definitely non-HD)|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP3/eAAC+/WAV/WMA player, XviD/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player|
|Ports||microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|Memory||90 MB storage, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, supports up to 32GB|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity|
|Uptime||Standby of up to 485 hours on 2G Standby of up to 445 hours on 3G Talk time of up to 7 hours 40 minutes on 2G Talk time of up to 7 hours 33 minutes on 3G|
|Value-Added Features||HTC Sense UI v3.5, SRS surround sound enhancement, Google Services Suite, Low price tag|
|Price||Php 8,800 in online stores|