AT&T finally gets into Android game with HTC Aria

June 14, 2010: 9:26 AM ET

AT&T announced on its Facebook page its first Android 2.1 offering which it would start offering on June 20th for $129.

Until now, AT&T has only carried the Motorola Backflip, a lackluster Android 1.5 device that doesn't seem to have gathered much of a following.  However, four days before you will be able to get your hands on an iPhone 4 on its network, AT&T is putting out the HTC Aria, a very small but capable Android 2.1 device demonstrated below by AT&T (T) Project Manager  Dante Martin.

The Aria has a 600MHz Qualcomm (QCOM) MSM processor with 512MB ROM and 384MB RAM.  The device itself is a very small 4.1" x 2.3" x .46" and weighs 3.8 ounces (a full oz. less than the 4.8oz. iPhone!).  The display is  3.2 inch HVGA (320x480) and it has a 5-megapixel camera.

More pictures, specs and features below:

Update: AT&T has provided a press release.

KEY FEATURES

– Android 2.1 with HTC Sense™
– 7-panel home page with widget support
– Organize email, Facebook, SMS and more by person – not technology
– 3.2 inch WVGA TFT-LCD display
– Digital compass, G-Sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor, GPS
– 5 megapixel autofocus camera
– Optical joystick control
– Super compact design

KEY SPECIFICATIONS

– Processor: Qualcomm MSM 7227, 600 MHz
– OS: Android™ 2.1
– Memory: 512MB ROM, 384MB RAM
– Memory Expansion: SDHC capable microSD card slot (2 GB card included)
– Dimensions: 4.1" x 2.3" x .46 (LxWxT)
– Weight: 3.8 ounces (with battery)
– Display: 3.2" (diagonal) HVGA (320x480)
– Battery: 1200mAh Lilon
– Network/Technology: GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
– Compatibility: HSPA 850/1900 MHz; Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP Stereo; WiFi®: 802.11 b/g; GPS/AGPS
– Camera: 5.0 megapixel autofocus camera and video capture
– User Interface: Capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom and haptic capability; Dedicated touch sensitive home, menu, back and search keys; Optical joystick
– Operating Times: Talk Time: Up to 6 hours; Standby Time: Up to 15.5 days

AT&T has provided the following hi-res images:

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