September 20, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
HTC has confirmed that the long-rumored Bliss device will henceforth be known as the HTC Rhyme. Packing a 3.7-inch WVGA Super LCD display, and oh-so-cute plum coloring, the HTC Rhyme is a phone for the ladies.
At it’s New York press event, HTC made it a point to introduce the Rhyme as a lifestyle phone, which many in attendance saw as clearly targeting women. Less about specs and more about cool features, the phone has a new Gingerbread-based version of HTC Sense that recently appeared in leaked Chinese ROM’s. It also has a charm cable that glows when incoming calls or text messages arrive. Other accessories include equally-plumtastic Bluetooth headset, a sports armbands for holding the phone while jogging, and a docking station.
Verizon Wireless will be the first carrier to offer the Rhyme beginning September 29 (price not yet announced). European and Asian markets are next to offer the phone, beginning in October. Update: $199 on a two year agreement and includes all accessories according to Engadget.
Once the Rhyme is in the hands of more people, users will notice that HTC has once again pushed the boundaries on its Sense UI. Graphical changes to home icons, lock screens, and widgets are the first changes people will notice, but tweaks to the camera software and other customizations made by HTC will garner attention as well. Sense 3.5 is an interesting advancement of the UI that will likely appear on other upcoming HTC phones depending on its success/failure with users.
Other noteworthy specs for the HTC Rhyme include:
- 3.7-inch WVGA Super LCD touchscreen
- 1 GHz Qualcomm S2 (single-core)
- 768MB RAM
- 5 Megapixel camera with LED flash
- 3G data network
Images via TIMN