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Friday, 30 September 2011 13:07

HTC announces Explorer smartphone

Written by Slobodan Simic
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Affordable 3.2-inch Android
HTC has announced yet another addition to its "affordable Android" smartphone lineup, the HTC Explorer. Based on the same Qualcomm chipset as the HTC Wildfire S, this 3.2-incher should be even more affordable due to its tuned down specs.

The Explorer is pretty compact with 102.8x57.2x12.9mm dimensions and features a 3.2-inch 320x480 screen. As noted, the hardware is exactly the same as the one found in the HTC Wildfire S, so it features Qualcomm's MSM7227 chipset with 600MHz Scorpion CPU and Adreno 200 GPU. The rest of the specs include 512MB of RAM, 90MB of internal storage and microSD card slot, 802.11bgn WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and A-GPS. It also features a 3.15 MP back camera with autofocus.

The new HTC Explorer smartphone is running Android 2.3.5 OS backed by HTC's own Sense 3.5 UI. It comes with a 1230mAh battery and will be available in Active Black and Metallic Blue color choices. The HTC Explorer should appear in retail in October with a suggested retail price of €199 in Europe.

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0 #1 eddman 2011-09-30 19:12
Quote:
it features Qualcomm's MSM7227 chipset with 600MHz Scorpion CPU and Adreno 200 GPU.

MSM7227 has an ARM11 CPU, not scorpion.
 
 
+1 #2 Cartman 2011-10-01 14:46
eddman nice info, i was like wtf?

Scorpio 512 mb ram 3.2 and Adreno gpu made by HTC 4 200 euros, sounded too good.

Smartphone makers should really give detailed cpu specs not just their name...

I think i never saw that they tell u on what NM process is CPU build...
ARM 11 can be 90 65 and 45 NM, Samsung has 45 NM and they can oc as high as 1400 mhz.
 
 
-2 #3 eddman 2011-10-01 17:53
Quoting Cartman:
Scorpio 512 mb ram 3.2 and Adreno gpu made by HTC 4 200 euros, sounded too good.

Smartphone makers should really give detailed cpu specs not just their name...

I think i never saw that they tell u on what NM process is CPU build...
ARM 11 can be 90 65 and 45 NM, Samsung has 45 NM and they can oc as high as 1400 mhz.

I looked further into it. Apparently it has 384 MB ram not 512.
IMO if you want an android phone, buy one with a cortex or snapdragon processor.
ARM11 androids are really rubbish. Mostly slow, Bad cameras, no 720p recording or playback, no adobe flash, lack of hardware features, etc.
Rather go for a nokia 700 than this, even if there are fewer apps available for symbian.
 
 
+1 #4 Bl0bb3r 2011-10-01 21:09
Well, in Germany I can already find Wildfire S for 200€, so this doesn't really impress the budget crowd.
 
 
0 #5 eddman 2011-10-01 21:15
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
Well, in Germany I can already find Wildfire S for 200€, so this doesn't really impress the budget crowd.

Explorer is pretty much a wildfire S, with faster 3G but worse camera and smaller RAM. Almost everything else is the same.
 
 
0 #6 Cartman 2011-10-02 06:55
@ eddman i will buy Samsung Galaxy 3 cuz i will get it for nice price, and i think for what i will use that phone it will be just fine
idk if its ARM 11 , cuz OCing is crazy with that phone, no matter its ARM 11 1400 mhz with custom kernel is no joke

main reason to buy it is price, android and good bang 4 buck.
I was looking at some used phones and saw Omnia HD @ gr8 price, phone specs are nice but i dont want Bada , main reason to have smartphone are apps and android market is full of free ones
 
 
0 #7 eddman 2011-10-03 09:06
Quoting Cartman:
@ eddman i will buy Samsung Galaxy 3 cuz i will get it for nice price, and i think for what i will use that phone it will be just fine
idk if its ARM 11 , cuz OCing is crazy with that phone, no matter its ARM 11 1400 mhz with custom kernel is no joke

Yes, it has a 45 nm ARM11 processor, so it would OC good, but the limiting factor is the RAM which is only 256 MB.

http://pdadb.net/index.php?m=cpu&id=a6422&c=samsung_s5p6422
 
 
0 #8 Cartman 2011-10-03 09:59
Eddman would you take Orange San Francisco 4 lil less than 100 euros unused?
It has Qualcom MSM7227 512 ram, 480 x 800 3.5, so far this phone looks gr8 to me.
 
 
0 #9 eddman 2011-10-03 11:51
Quoting Cartman:
Eddman would you take Orange San Francisco 4 lil less than 100 euros unused?
It has Qualcom MSM7227 512 ram, 480 x 800 3.5, so far this phone looks gr8 to me.

Orange San Francisco is actually ZTE blade.

http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=4081&idPhone2=3391

http://www.gsmarena.com/zte_blade-3391.php

As I said before I won't buy an ARM11 android phone and certainly not a chinese company's phone (for ideological reasons, not quality).
If MSM7227 is a good OCer and you are satisfied with that phone's features, then yes, it's not a bad buy.
 

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