HTC Bliss: Now the Rhyme?

HTC Bliss: Now the Rhyme?For all the ladies out there who've been eagerly awaiting the HTC Bliss - looks like it's not going to be coming after all. That's because it's now been renamed the HTC Rhyme instead.

German site HTC Inside has leaked a photo of the newly renamed handset not only boasting a less obviously feminine name, but also a surprisingly neutral silver colouring too. Seems HTC has figured girls are capable of wanting normal gadgets like everyone else too.

We'd originally been expecting the Bliss to arrive in a sea green hue, or at least had been told to expect as much anyway, so seeing the colour change is a surprise, especially since it isn't in the direction of bright pink, which would be our first guess from a device named Bliss, anyway.

That said, we're still led to believe the Rhyme, if that's to be its final name, will arrive with a patronisingly named "charm indicator" you can put on a keyring or the outside of a handbag, say, which will glow when texts, calls and emails come in.

For the rest, the handset is expected to feature a 3.7-inch screen, along with a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording. And of course Android Gingerbread.

Whatever it ends up being called, we're expecting this feminine-focused phone to go on sale along with the scarily big-screened HTC Runnymede between now and the end of the year.

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louiselouise  Sep. 16, 2011 at 06:25

I always find the notion of gadgets targeted for "girls" amusing/annoying. I can only speak for myself, but I don't want *anything* pink (don't mind it, but there's something unimaginative and condescending about manufacturers assuming that we're all drawn to anything dipped in a pinky hue).

I want the best phone I can afford for my money. And right now, it's probably the HTC Sensation or Galaxy S2. The notion of a mobile phone targeted at women is absurd. How do you feminise a phone? It's silly marketing/advertising fluff.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 16, 2011 at 08:19

I can't say from a female perspective if "girly", phones are well received or not but I can put it this way, people I know who are female (and I know their phone model), have:

iPhone 3G
HTC Wildfire
HTC Desire S
Old Nokia (black and silver)
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
Sony Ericsson K750i
Samsung E250 (silver)
Samsung Jet

Nothing pink, nothing girly. This new "female oriented" HTC, is just a Desire with a different body/name, no doubt it'll be more expensive than it's "male", counterparts as well.

Sorry, HTC. From what I know, most girls would rather have a nice/good phone, rather than a "girly", one.


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