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O2 gets exclusive on HTC's Brew-based Smart phone

Flash friendly budget touchphone

HTC Smart

O2 has the exclusive on HTC's Smart, a low-cost touchscreen handset that combines Qualcomm's Brew mobile platform with HTC's own Sense user interface.

The budget-conscious Smart incorporates a 300MHz processor, 256MB of memory and uses Micro SD cards for storage. The screen is a 2.8in, 240 x 320 job, and there's a 3Mp camera on the back.

HTC Smart

HTC's Smart: Brew-ing up

The handset has single-band (2100MHz) HSDPA 3G and quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge connectivity, but no Wi-Fi. It does have Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP stereo audio.

HTC quotes a 370-minute talk time - 450 minutes on GSM - for the Smart. The standby battery life is 600 hours.

Brew MP grew out of Qualcomm's Brew application development platform into a full phone operating system. While Brew MP supports the development of native applications, it's particularly targeted at Flash-based apps - it uses Flash Lite 3.1 - which supports say makes the platform attractive to all those coders creating Flash apps for the web.

HTC Smart

Flash to the fore

And presumably HTC hopes many of them will create downloadable software for the Smart.

How much will Smart cost? Not much, presumably, but alas, O2 wasn't saying, but it did reveal it will release the handset in April. ®

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