HTC Aria hands-on video and announcement

The Android version of the HTC HD Mini called the HTC Aria aka HTC Libertyhas just been outed by AT&T in a official hands-on video on YouTube. Because this is basically an HTC HD Mini with Android instead of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 there’ isn’t much to say. The specifications are identical with the only major difference being the the optical trackpad at the bottom of the handset. The Aria is powered by a Qualcomm MSMS 7227 @ 600Mhz, has a 3.2 HVGA capacitive touchscreen, 384MB orf RAM, 512 MB of ROM, Android 2.1 a 5Mpix camera etc. So the US HTC Aria / Liberty and Europe gets the HTC Wildfire (a mini HTC Desire). Video and Press Release after the break:

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The HTC Liberty shows up in AT&T testing video

Looks like AT&T leak the still unannounced HTC Liberty by mistake (or not?) in an official video posted today on YouTube. The video details the different steps of Android devices testing at AT&T Labs:

Dante Martin, Product Manager at AT&T for Android devices, provides a sneak peek at the testing process at AT&T labs. Check out the latest Android device, in the testing phase, as the AT&T Technical Acceptance team runs the device, applications and advanced technology through multiple scenarios before it’s released to the public. This testing allows the team to troubleshoot issues and integrate the new device with the AT&T network. All of these efforts contribute to the launch date and lead to a positive consumer experience.

The HTC Liberty shows up at 1:56 and several times later near the end of the video. Check out the video after the break:

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HTC Liberty and HTC Aria: The Android version of the HTC HD Mini

Why does HTC love to sell the same handset under different names and packages? To confuse everybody I guess. The HTC Wildfireisn’t even out yet and we are already seeing proofs of the existence of an other entry-level Android smartphone with similar specs but this time with the same design as the HTC HD Mini Windows Mobile 6.5.3 handset. The device is called the HTC Liberty or HTC Aria or HTC Bee or HTC Intruder (I guess that it depends on the carrier) and will have similar specs to the HTC HD Mini (same MSM7227 chipset and 3.2″ screen etc) but with Android instead of WinMo and an optical trackpad like the HTC Desire, Legend and Wildfire.

Source: AC and Twitter