AT&T outs HTC Aria via Facebook and YouTube

HTC Aria YouTube

It looks like AT&T has just officially outed the HTC Aria via Facebook…with some help from YouTube. The Aria is officially an Android 2.1 device sporting a 3.2″ HVGA display, 7.2 Mb/s HSPA, a 5 megapixel camera, optical track-pad, and SenseUI. The new joint will be available on Ma’ Bell starting on June 20th. The video and Facebook musing are light on specification details — most of the YouTube video is a demo of SenseUI — but you can pass judgment on the new AT&T Android offering on your own. We’ve got the video queued up for you after the break.

UPDATE: The AT&T page just went live with more detailed specs:

  • Operating System: Google Android Operating System version 2.1
    • 7-panel home screen with widget support and HTC Sense™
  • BLUETOOTH® 2.1 with A2DP Stereo
  • Orientation: GPS/AGPS, Digital compass, G-Sensor
  • Proximity sensor; light sensor
  • Web Browser: Android Webkit full HTML browser for “PC-like” web browsing
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g and AT&T Hot Spots for instant Wi-Fi access at over 20,000 locations
  • 3G: Broadband data speeds on the nation’s fastest 3G network
  • Touchscreen: HTC Sense™ interface, 3.2-in. HVGA
  • Camera: 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and video
  • Messaging and Email
    • Text and multimedia messaging (SMS, MMS)
    • POP3/IMAP (embedded), Corporate email synch, Push Gmail
    • Google Talk™ and IM (AIM, Live, Yahoo)
  • Music and Video
    • PLAYABLE FORMATS: H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4
    • Video capture, playback and streaming
    • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • PC Connectivity: USB 2.0 (High Speed) standard micro USB connector
  • Bands/Modes: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, HSDPA, EDGE, GPRS
  • Internal Memory: 512 MB Flash, 256 MB RAM
  • Expandable Memory: microSD slot, 2 GB preinstalled (Up to 32 GB)
  • Physical
    • Weight: 4.6 oz.
    • Size: (H X W X D): 4.6 x 2.3 x 0.47 in
  • Power
    • Battery: 1300 mAh
    • Talk time: up to 6 hrs
    • Standby time: up to 15.5 days

UPDATE 2: Now we get an official press release, $129.99 on contract.

Pocket-Sized HTC Aria to Premiere on Nation’s Fastest 3G Network

Android 2.1 & HTC Sense™ Experience Combined With 7.2 HSPA Speeds Offers Exceptional Mobile Broadband Performance

Dallas, Texas, Bellevue, Washington, June 14, 2010

AT&T* and HTC Corporation (“HTC”) today announced that HTC Aria™, a rich and powerful addition to AT&T’s Android smartphone portfolio, will be available exclusively at AT&T beginning June 20.  Pocket-sized and packing the power of the Android 2.1 platform, a five megapixel camera and a bright 3.2 inch HVGA display, HTC Aria offers AT&T customers Android smartphone functionality in an amazingly easy-to-carry design. The combination of 3G speed, a responsive capacitive touch screen and an optical joystick makes HTC Aria an ideal smartphone for mobile broadband.

HTC Aria is Wi-Fi capable and qualifying customers will receive access to AT&T Wi-Fi, with more than 20,000 hotspots across the U.S.  In addition, HTC Aria is compatible with AT&T’s High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 Mbps technology.  This technology provides a considerable boost to 3G speeds when combined with expanded backhaul. The combination of faster wireless networks, smartphones like HTC Aria, and tens of thousands of available innovative mobile apps allows AT&T customers to mobilize virtually everything, from video and music, to social networking, to business applications.

“HTC Aria is the first of several smartphones in our Android portfolio to run the 2.1 platform,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “When you combine the nation’s fastest 3G network, and access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network, HTC Aria will be one of the best Android smartphones available.”

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.  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.

“Its unique combination of compact size and beautiful design instantly separates HTC Aria from the pack of ‘me-too’ smartphones,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. “But what really differentiates HTC Aria from other smartphones is the acclaimed HTC Sense experience, which we are pleased to be bringing to AT&T customers. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC Aria organizes all of your communications in the most human way possible – by person.”

A full selection of the newest and most popular Google services can be accessed with HTC Aria. This includes Google search, Google Maps, Google Navigation, Gmail, YouTube and more. With Android Market, customers can also choose from more than 50,000 applications to further personalize the mobile experience.

Along with being ultra-small at just over 4 inches long and weighing a mere 4.05 ounces, HTC Aria’s seamless wrap-around soft-touch back cover eliminates sharp edges, making HTC Aria exceptionally convenient to carry and comfortable to hold as well.

Featuring the best selection of smartphones and OS, AT&T is ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among smartphone owners.  AT&T plans to expand its Android portfolio to include other Android smartphones during the second half of 2010.

Pricing and Availability

HTC Aria will be available on June 20 at AT&T retail locations nationwide or at http://www.att.com/wireless for $129.99 after $100 mail-in rebate (pay $229.99 and after mail-in rebate receive $100 AT&T Promotion Card.  Two-year agreement required and smartphone data plan required).

UPDATE 3: The AT&T Aria fact sheet PDF states the phone has 384MB of RAM while the Aria page itself says 256MB. We’ve contacted AT&T for clarification.

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