HTC Aria debuts on Optus


Consumer electronics giant HTC today launched its latest Android-based smartphone handset in Australia — the Aria — with exclusive distribution through Optus starting from mid-October.

The phone isn’t as elite as the top-end HTC Desire which launched earlier this year through Telstra, but does sport a 3.2 inch HVGA display at the same size as another HTC handset, the Legend, which is being sold by VHA brands Vodafone and 3.

The Aria weighs 115g with battery and has dimensions of 103.8 x 57.7 x 11.7 mm, respectively, meaning it is is lighter and a shade smaller than the Legend at 126g and 112 x 56.3 x 11.5.

Optus is offering the latest Android handset on a 24 month plan with a minimum spend of $1176. Customers will be able to buy it for zero dollars up front on both the consumer $49 capped plan and a similar business plan.

$49 Optus cap plans include 1GB of download quota per month, including unlimited usage of Facebook, Twitter, Linke In, MySpace, eBay and FourSquare.

External ports include the standard 35mm headphone jack and micro USB.

Social communication applications Twitter, HTC Peep, Facebook and Flickr are pre-installed on the handset as well as HTC application Friend Stream that aggregates the social media information and allows the user to organise all of the information as they see fit.

“Optus already offers one of the largest ranges of Android-powered devices in Australia and the addition of the dynamic HTC Aria expands this range even further,” said Mark Mulder, head of digital products at Optus’ Digital Media division.

Image credit: HTC


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