Jun 14 AT 9:38 AM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

HTC Aria arrives on AT&T June 20th for $129

AT&T customers will get their first taste of an Android 2.1 device when the HTC Aria goes on sale later this month. This mid-range Android phone features almost identical insides of recent HTC phones like the Legend and Slide mixed with the design of their Windows-powered HD Mini.

The Aria is powered by the 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 (which holds up well in GPU benchmarks), includes a 3.2 inch HVGA capacitive display, and features a 5 megapixel camera. HTC’s Sense UI is layered on top of Android 2.1 and we expect the phone will be updated to Android 2.2 later this year.

Customers can purchase the Aria on June 20th for $129.99 with 2-yr contract (after $100 mail in rebate). The phone requires a data plan of which AT&T now provides two options – $15 for 200 MB or $25 for 2 GB.

This marks only the 2nd Android phone for AT&T (first was the Backflip), but the carrier plans to expand its Android portfolio to include other Android smartphones during the second half of 2010.

Highlights of the HTC Aria include:

  • Qualcomm MSM7227 processor at 600MHz
  • Android 2.1 with HTC Sense UI
  • 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen at 320×480
  • 512MB ROM/256 MB RAM
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 2 GB microSD card included
  • Size: (H X W X D): 4.6 x 2.3 x 0.47 in
  • Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • Battery: 1200 mAh (Talk time rated at  up to 6 hours, standby up to 15.5 days)
  • Quadband EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), dual band HSPA 7.2 (850/1900)
  • Digital compass, aGPS, WiFi, FM radio

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Pocket-Sized HTC Aria to Premiere on Nation’s Fastest 3G Network
Android 2.1 & HTC Sense(TM) Experience Combined With 7.2 HSPA Speeds Offers Exceptional Mobile Broadband Performance
DALLAS and BELLEVUE, Wash., June 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — AT&T* and HTC Corporation (“HTC”) today announced that HTC Ariaâ„¢, 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).
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(1) 3G coverage is not available in all areas.
(2) Coverage not available in all areas.
(3) AT&T Promotion Card: Price for HTC Aria before AT&T Promotion Card & with 2 year contract is $229.99. Allow 60 days for fulfillment. Card valid for 120 days wherever major credit cards accepted. May be used to pay wireless bill. Not redeemable for cash and cannot be used at ATMs or gas pumps. Some restrictions and other charges apply. See terms at store or at att.com/wirelessrebate. You must be customer for 30 consecutive days to receive Promotion Card.
(4) Limited-time offer. Other conditions & restrictions apply. See contract & rate plan brochure for details. Early Termination Fee: None if cancelled in the first 30 days, but up to $35 restocking fee may apply to equipment returns; thereafter up to up to $325.
(5) Largest Wi-Fi network claim based on non-municipal company and owned and operated hotspots. An 802.11 b/g enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.comfor additional services details and locations.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates — AT&T operating companies — are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTVbrands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
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About HTC
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.
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  • http://Website Toby

    Why is this referred to as the first 2.1 phone on AT&T, and only the second Android phone (after the Backflip), when the Nexus One has been on AT&T since March?

    • http://Website Jamerson90

      That’d be because it is the only 2.1 carrier supported att android phone. Google has been selling the n1 for att. That’s the good thing about a GSM server. As long as the phone runs on the frequencies for 3g and radio, it will run

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  • http://Website deeb2156

    eww is so right! why the sad long face?! the bottom off that phone wasn’t thought out too well

  • http://Website Maxx

    Its the second phone on AT&T because officially the Nexus One is not offered by AT&T it does not have their logo. It is a phone that just happens to work on their network because of the frequencies…and I think AT&T would cut off their right arm before they’d admit they had a decent android phone to compete with the Iphone.

  • http://Website dm

    Dude ur an idiot nexus one was an unlocked phone sold thru Google to work with ATT bands but it wasn’t subsidized n sold at carrier store therefore thier only couting backflip since that is a att subsidized.store phone learn the differ about stuff before you post its like.those people who complain cdma hero still hasn’t gotten the 2.1 update when its been out for a month.

  • http://Website Joe

    Yikes, only 256mb RAM? The CPU obviously doesn’t need to be a 1ghz chip with that size screen (as evidenced by the myTouch Slide which is still very zippy) but anything less than 512mb RAM, even on a midrange phone is kinda ridiculous.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Most mid-range Android phones have 256 MB RAM. The 512 MB RAM is reserved for high-end class devices.

      • http://Website Alexander Edwards

        Hey taylor, the Aria has 384 mb of ram. go to the htc web site.

  • roman.bugaev

    very nice phone, I hope it is will be about $350 unlocked. You will need a screwdriver to open it?!

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      No screwdriver is required. The wrap-around case easily pops off using nothing but your two hands.

      • roman.bugaev

        Thanks! But what are those 4 screws on the back panel, it is just a design element?

  • http://Website Gerg

    Yeah that’s a curious claim since I have 2.1, have run 2.2, and is running a cutting edge Cyan rom on my AT&T Nexus One…

    • http://Website Jamerson90

      No its not. Google sells that phone, not ATT. People have iPhone on tmobile, but you dont see tmobile claiming they have the iphone, do you?

  • http://Website Zomygodowned

    Oh so its like a crapified, shortened, and fatter Incredible

    • http://Website cg

      some of us don’t want an expensive, top-end, brick of a device so I think this is pretty sexy.

      how about instead of calling it “a crapified, shortened and fatter Incredible”, you call it a “affordable, pocketable, cute Incredible” .

      personally I fell in love with this hardware as HD Mini and was really hoping they would release an Android version.

  • http://stuffarena.com stuffarena

    this is another good competitor for iphone 4

    • http://Website android-guy90210

      i don’t think by any means was this phone meant to contend with the iPhone 4

  • http://Website poestorm

    I cannot find any info… will this phone be able to upgrade to froyo 2.2?