HTC Rhyme pre-orders start in the UK for £389.95, shipping on October 7

The long-rumored ‘women-focused’ HTC Bliss was finally officially announced yesterday as the HTC Rhyme, and it turns out it’s not that sexist after all. The smartphone will be launched first by Verizon in the US, on September 29. And also yesterday we heard that it’s going to make its way across the pond pretty soon after that and land in the UK on October 8 (unlocked) or October 17 if your operator of choice happens to be O2.

So here’s some good news for the Rhyme fans out there in the UK. It turns out you’ll be able to get a SIM-free and unlocked handset one day earlier than previously thought – on October 7. That’s when well known online mobile retailer MobileFun will begin shipping devices over to customers who’ve pre-ordered them.

In fact, you can already pre-order an HTC Rhyme from MobileFun. The price being asked is £389.95. If you feel like you just need to be among the first people in the UK to get their hands on one, you’re probably not reading this anymore, as you’re off to add it to your shopping basket. That’s fine.

For the rest of you, here’s a quick refresher of the Rhyme’s specs. It comes with a 1 GHz single-core processor, a 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording, a 3.7-inch 480×800 touchscreen, 4 GB of built-in storage, 768 MB of RAM, microSD card support, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,600 mAh battery. The HTC Rhyme runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with HTC’s Sense UI 3.5 on top.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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