HTC’s NYC event kicked off with the HTC Rhyme, a phone aiming straight at the ladies. With no groundbreaking specs, but plenty of novelties with it including the latest iteration on HTC Sense, 3.5. The new UI comes with more personalization options and new streamlined look and feel with a homescreen allowing you to dock icons to the side, while the clock shows on the left. Well, at least in the default state - you can personalize that as well.
12 new wallpaper images and the famous flip clock has also been updated.Nicole Coddington, senior UX Designer at HTC, went on stage and explained how the new design allows more space for wallpapers as people tend to often put their photos on the background. HTC is actually adding
reworked camera app. HTC didn’t specify whether it was a specific feature for the Rhyme or a part of the Sense 3.5 update, but we’re hoping for the latter. In either case, the new app includes automatic face detection and auto uploads to a number of social networking sites. Up until recently, HTC was notorious for having one of the worse cameras on smartphones, but it seems that the Taiwanese have put extra effor to fix this. They’ve also slashed the lag present when taking a couple of pictures one after another. With the new Burst mode, the phone would take 5 consecutive shots in 2.5 seconds.
Plenty of minor additions arrive as well - including redefined customizable icons and preview tabs, so plenty of stuff to be excited about. Stay tuned for our hands-on preview of the HTC Rhyme, coming up shortly - that’s where you’ll get a first glimpse of the Sense 3.5.