HTC has unveiled the new HTC Smart, describing at as the first of "a new type of smartphone that creates a new category of easy-to-use, connected smartphones that are accessible by people all over the world".  

The HTC Smart runs Qualcomm's Brew, but will also get a version of HTC's popular Sense interface that offers customisation across three "core" areas and integrates social networking, email and text messaging in a contacts-focussed fashion.

"HTC has always focused on listening to customers and setting the stage for new mobile categories and HTC Smart is the response to customer demand around the world for an easier-to-use, affordable smartphone", said Peter Chou, the CEO of HTC in the official press release.

Due a launch this spring across Europe and Asia the new Smart is said to offer a "friendly, compact touch design".

Specs come in with a 300MHz processor, 256MB of RAM and ROM, a 1100mAh battery and operator-dependent 2100MHz HSDPA/CDMA and/or quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE.

The handset offers a 2.8-inch QVGA screen, A2DP Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, 3-megapixel, microSD card slot, media player and a 3.5mm jack.