HTC has taken the wrap off it’s latest smartphone named Rhyme. The Android powered phone was reviled today at an event in San Francisco along with Verizon Wireless. With the Rhyme, HTC has taken a new approach, taking their traditional smartphone and adding stylish and colorful accessories like a wired headset, docking station, bluetooth earpiece and an interesting charm. As a result, the phone isn’t the powerhouse that we’ve come to expect with each new handset release. It offers a 1GHz processor – single core, total storage of 4GB with additional memory available by MicroSD slot, Quad-band GSM and HSPA upload speeds up to 5.76 Mbps and download speeds up to 14.4 Mbps, and a 3.7 inch screen. The camera is a 5 megapixel camera and supports 720p recording of HD videos, along with a VGA front facing camera. A 1600mAh battery, G-Sensor, digital compass, proximity and ambient light sensor, DLNA, and WiFi B/G/N. HTC has also included the latest version of their Sense UI automatically customizing the home screen based on the applications you’ve run and the people you’ve talked with.
The dock provides an easy way to charge your device, simnply drop it in the dock at the end of the day and it will charge over night. The dock also doubles as an alarm clock and media center. The wired headset and bluetooth earpiece are colored to match your device – which is available in the 3 colors shown above.
The HTC Charm is an interesting accessory. It’s also colored to match the device, and plugs into the headset jack of the device. Then when your phone rings or a new text message arrives, the charm will flash. It’s a great solution to help people keep an eye on their device without keeping it in their hand all the time. The downside of this, it doesn’t actually integrate with the Android OS on the phone. So there’s no way to create an app that would flash the charm to alert you to other things that might be going on around you. For example, FourSquare users might want the charm to flash when a friend checks into the same location. There’s a lot of different options on how this could be leveraged to create a deeper experience.
The Rhyme looks to be an affordable phone with a stylish appeal. It’s exclusive on the Verizon network and goes on sale September 29th for $199. Check out HTC’s website for more details and video’s of the Rhyme.