Say hello to the HTC Explorer, Android on a budget

By Posted 29 Sep 2011, 10:53

The Android platform is growing rapidly with numerous handsets coming out on what seems like a daily occurrence. One of the manufacturers that seem to have the most handsets available on the platform is HTC, and today we say hello to the HTC Explorer Android on a budget.

The more affordable smartphone has just been made official, and according to SlashGear it really is an entry level handset. HTC’s new phone replaces the HTC Smart, and comes under the Wildfire S. The device has a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen with a 3-megapixel shooter, and is powered by a 600MHz processor.

Other features of the new Android device include Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 3.0, and GPS. Owners will be able to expand the weedy 483MB of ROM via the microSD card port, and the RAM is only 512MB. It’s not all low end though as it will be running Android 2.3.5 as well as HTC Sense 3.5. The Sense UI makes the device easy to use, and features homescreen shortcuts among other things.

The manufacturer is using the new handset to launch a couple of new applications, which include Data Monitor. This clever feature that will be ideal for the users the Explorer is aimed at will keep a track of how much mobile data you have used. Users will have to check the app themselves as there are no alerts or widgets available.

Powering the unit is a 1,230mAh battery that is covered by the rubberized soft-touch cover. It will be available in either blue or black with further colors to be added at a later date. The HTC Explorer will be available next month in Asia and Europe, but is unlikely to hitting US shores. Currently no pricing for the device has been revealed.

Are you in the market for a budget Android handset?