HTC readies budget Android phone

The HTC Click is a low priced Android phone with a full touch screen.

The HTC Click features a similar design to the MyTouch 3G. Tinhte.com

HTC has yet to announce its Click smartphone, but images now floating around the Web reveal details about the low-priced Google Android handset. The Click, which should launch in the fourth quarter of this year, is reported to cost about $300. This would put the Click on track to being one the lowest priced Android phones available.

Check out the HTC Click photos .

The Click's design is similar to the MyTouch 3G with some minor changes. The phone is touch screen only and it features a smaller 2.8-inch display. Gone is the trackball and in its place is a large circular directional pad. HTC has committed to start including a 3.5-millimeter headset jack on all phones and the Click has this highly requested feature.

The remaining navigation controls are similar to the MyTouch, but they also have a new design. The Home and menu buttons and the back and search controls are combined into a single rocker style button. The images also show a dragon design on the battery cover. Features include a microSD card slot and a camera.

Video of the phone also appeared on YouTube, but has since been taken down. In the video, the Click was running Donut , a future update to Android. While we don't know the official specifications of the Click, this is a good for Android fans who have been eagerly waiting on Donut to arrive.

We can't confirm when HTC will officially announce the Click, but it should come in the next few months. Depending on if a U.S. carrier offers the phone, we might see it priced less than $100 with a two-year contract. As we expected to see budget priced Android phones this year, the Click is a welcome addition. Even with its low price, the phone appears to offer the full Android experience in a slightly smaller package.

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    Taylor Wimberly became obsessed with cell phones working as a Sprint reseller as a teenager. When he's not writing about the newest handsets on the market, you can find him on the beach working the BBQ pit. Taylor also blogs about the Android community with Android and Me. Taylor is a member of the CNET Blog Network, and is not an employee of CNET. E-mail Taylor.

     

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