The HTC Smart was earlier known as the Touch.B and was thought to be a "dumbphone", making it the first ever non-smartphone from HTC. HTC, as you might be aware, has only been known to produce Windows Mobile and Android OS based smartphones. The company however claims that instead of being just another dumbphone, the Smart can be called a smartphone for the masses. It was first seen at the recently concluded CES and comes with a decent spec-sheet, except for the fact that both Wi-Fi and GPS are missing.
Being the smartphone for the masses, it was only logical that the Smart should come to a country like India first where a mass-market phone has a lot of potential. HTC is reportedly planning to invest about $1 million for the Smart's launch in India. The HTC Smart is likely to be priced under the Rs. 10,000 barrier and might compete with the likes of the Corbys and the Cookies of the world. It also has in its sight the entry level Nokia touchscreen handset, the 5233.